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Friday, July 17, 2009

Provisions in OBAMACARE Will Force You Into Managed Care

The President keeps saying over and over  
"No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people," Obama said addressing the American Medical Association. "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." He didn't let up."If you like what you're getting, keep it," Obama said. "Nobody is forcing you to shift." Source
The  President says that the government would not force a change, but of course just like they can do today, your employer can force a change.

If the government plan doesn't have to make a profit, and if all other costs are the same, it can charge less. So which way do you think your employer will go? There are a group of competitors, but one has virtually unlimited resources and does not have to make a profit, how long before the competition is struggling for customers.  

Eventually you will end up with ONE insurance company named Uncle Sam.  And when your good Uncle Sam wants to save some money, he will start making bureaucratic, rather then medical decisions about your health. Mom wont get that treatment to save her life because it is expensive and after all she has lived long enough, or Uncle Sam Care will determine when to pull the plug on grandma. How am I so sure? Because there has NEVER Been a Government Health Plan That Did Not Ration Care.

Here's a little secret that congress isn't telling you about. Even if you won't be forced to switch to Uncle Sam Care, you will be forced to switch to Managed Care Plan so your health care can be rationed. Congress has even placed provisions in their bills to accelerate the process.  In today's NY Post former NY Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey shows the language and page numbers within each version of the bill which forces you to move into a Managed Care Plan:
And as soon as anything changes in your contract -- such as a change in copays or deductibles, which many insurers change every year -- you'll have to move into a qualified plan instead (House bill, p. 16-17).
When you file your taxes, if you can't prove to the IRS that you are in a qualified plan, you'll be fined thousands of dollars -- as much as the average cost of a health plan for your family size -- and then automatically enrolled in a randomly selected plan (House bill, p. 167-168).
It's one thing to require that people getting government assistance tolerate managed care, but the legislation limits you to a managed-care plan even if you and your employer are footing the bill (Senate bill, p. 57-58). The goal is to reduce everyone's consumption of health care and to ensure that people have the same health-care experience, regardless of ability to pay.
Nowhere does the legislation say how much health plans will cost, but a family of four is eligible for some government assistance until their household income reaches $88,000 (House bill, p. 137). If you earn more than that, you'll have to pay the cost no matter how high it goes.
The price tag for this legislation is a whopping $1.04 trillion to $1.6 trillion (Congressional Budget Office estimates). Half of the tab comes from tax increases on individuals earning $280,000 or more, and these new taxes will double in 2012 unless savings exceed predicted costs (House bill, p. 199).
One troubling provision of the House bill compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care (House bill, p. 425-430). The sessions cover highly sensitive matters such as whether to receive antibiotics and "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration."
Doesn't sound very attractive?  Of course it doesn't ! That's why Congress has exempted itself from having to participate in the Obamacare plan. Should the Democrats get their way your Doctor visits may look like this (H/T Ed Morrissey Hot Air)

1 comment:

Always On Watch said...

And as soon as anything changes in your contract -- such as a change in copays or deductibles, which many insurers change every year -- you'll have to move into a qualified plan instead (House bill, p. 16-17).

This household will be forced to the government plan, then. Changes every year!