Much as I hate to admit it, I’m becoming ever more convinced that the Obama administration is a Red Lectroid deep-cover operation, for fresh off their plan to control save the Earth by crippling the US economy, House Lectroids progressive Democrats are trying to shove a 1,018-page “reform” of the health care system down our throats. And right there on page 16 is a corker that could only have come from the mind of Lord John Whorfin Nancy Pelosi: the end of your freedom to buy your own health insurance:
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:
“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.
So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
This is not only an abrogation of your right to make a contract, which is what an insurance policy is, but it is also a direct assault on the insurance industry itself. If they have no right to sign new clients, then they might as well exit the field, since their existing client base will grow ever smaller until it vanishes altogether. The individual’s only choice (and thus no choice at all) will be the government’s “public option.” This is the second tine of the government’s multi-pronged attack on the health insurance industry, the other being their ability to drive private insurers out of the business by undercutting their prices and making it impossible to earn a profit. And if you don’t believe this isn’t part of a war on the insurance industry, look at these two videos. First, Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky (D):
Then, President Obama as an Illinois State Senator:
There’s no denying it: this health care “reform” bill is one gigantic Trojan Horse for a state-run, single-payer, socialized medical system – which will inevitably entail rationing with the decisions made by bureaucrats, not the patient and their doctor.
This craziness is straight out of the Eighth Dimension, I tell ya.
(hat tip: Bill Dupray)
LINKS: Ed Morrissey notes that the moderate-conservative Democrat Blue Dog faction in the House ain’t going for it. In The New York Times, euthanasia and infanticide advocate Peter Singer takes government-rationed health care to its logical and horrifying conclusion. If you’re making over $44,000 and can’t afford private insurance because you don’t qualify for the government subs
idy, you’ll have to pay a surtax.Isn’t that wonderful?
Thank you, Mr. President-Messiah!
A welcome bit of satire: Health Rations and You:
UPDATE: Massachusetts leads the way.
UPDATE II: Tom Maguire begs to differ – somewhat.