Monday, July 27, 2009

The Devil Is in The Details

While we do need to tweak our present system of health care, this country still provides the best health care in the world. The United States is where Europeans and Canadians come for treatment if their situation is serious and if they can afford it. A few free market changes in our current laws will make it much more affordable without involving the federal government in our private lives. However, when you read the 1,018-page bill that the House is considering, you realize that it’s not about health, insurance, or poverty stricken people, but about control.

Here is a list compiled by a hospital administrator and sent to me by a friend of the devilish details that will forever change our government and our way of life. All references to the government in the following list mean the federal government and HCB refers to the Health Care Bill now available to the public. Go to Obama's Healthcare Bill if you want to check it out for yourself.

1. Page 22 of the Health Care Bill – MANDATES that the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self-insure!

2. Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HCB - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!

3. Page 30 Sec 123 of HCB - THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get, not your physician.

4. Page 42 of HCB - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your health care benefits for you. You will have no choice!

5. Page 50 Section 152 in HCB- Health care will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

6. Page 58 HCB - Government will have real-time access to an individual’s finances and a National ID Health card will be issued!

7. Page 59 HCB lines 21-24 – Government will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.

8. Page 65 Sec 164 – Provides a subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community organizations, such as ACORN.

9. Page 72 Lines 8-14 – The government is creating a Health Care Exchange to bring private health care plans under Government control.

10. Page 84 Sec 203 HCB – The government mandates ALL benefit packages for private health care plans in the Exchange

11. Page 95 HCB Lines 8-18 -- The Government will use groups, i.e., ACORN and Americorps, to sign up individuals for the government health care plan.

12. Page 102 Lines 12-18 HCB - Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

13. Page 124 lines 24-25 HCB -- No company can sue the government for price fixing.

14. Page 145 Line 15-17 -- An Employer MUST automatically enroll all employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE.

15. Page 146 Lines 22-25 -- Employers MUST pay for health care for part time employees AND their families.

16. Page 149 Lines 16-24 -- ANY Employer with a payroll of $400,000 and above but does not provide the public option will pay an extra 8% tax on all payrolls.

17. Page 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses with payroll between $251,000 and $400,000 but does not provide the public option will pay a 2-6% tax on all payroll.

18. Page 167 Lines 18-23 -- ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable health care according to Government official will be taxed 2.5% of income.

19. Page 170 Lines 1-3 -- Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes.

20. Page 195 HCB – The officers and employees of the Health Care Administration will have access every individuals' finances, private papers, and records.

21. Page 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." Yes, it says that!

22. Page 253 Line 10-18 – The government will set the value of each physician’s time and professional judgment.

23. Page 265 Sec 1131 – The government will mandate and control productivity for all private health care industries.

24. Page 268 Sec 1141 – The federal government will regulate the rental and/or the purchase of power driven wheelchairs.

25. Page 280 Sec 1151 -- The government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.

26. Page 298 Lines 9-11 -- Doctors who treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission will be penalized.

27. Page 317 L 13-20 The government will determine what and how much a physician can own or invest in health care related companies.

28. Page 317-318 lines 21-25 -- The government will mandate whether hospitals can expand.

29. Page 321 Lines 2-13 -- Hospitals have option to apply for exception to above rule, but community input and support will be required.

30. Page 335 Lines 16-25 and Pages 336-339 – The government sets and mandates establishment of outcome based measures any way they want.

31. Page 341 Lines 3-9 -- Government has the authority to disqualify Medicare, Adv. Plans, HMOs, etc.

32. Page 354 Sec 1177 - Government will RESTRICT enrollment of special needs patients!

33. Page 425 Lines 4-12 -- Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultation about end of life issues for all senior citizens and residents of nursing homes every five years.

34. Page 425 Lines 17-19 -- Government will instruct and consult all patients regarding living wills and durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

35. Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3-- Government provides approved list of end of life resources and guides patients as they approach death.

36. Page 427 Lines 15-24 -- Government mandates program for orders for end of life.

37. Page 429 Lines 1-9 -- An "advance care planning consult" will be used frequently as a patient’s health deteriorates.

38. Page 429 Lines 10-12 – The Advance Care Consultation may include an ORDER for end of life plans.

39. Page 429 Lines 13-25 - The government will specify which physicians can write an end of life order.

40. Page 430 Lines 11-15 -- The Government will decide what level of treatment each patient will have at end of life

41. Page 494-498 -- The Government will define which Mental Health services will be allowed or required.

42. Racial preferences for admittance to medical school and to obtain research grants are built into the health care bill, according to The American Thinker. Such preferences will forever stigmatize all people of that race and label them as ill equipped.

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