SHE HAS ACTUALLY READ THE BILL! Betsy McCaughey is a health care scholar, patient advocate and a former Lt. Governor of the State of New York. As such, she is eminently qualified to examine and comment on HR 3200 better known as the Obama health care proposal. What Betsy McCaughey has found tucked away in the pages of this bill can only be described as breathtaking! It would appear that the American people are being asked to consent to a brave new world of healthcare that features substantially longer waits for treatment, less access to new medical devices, life-saving drugs and specialists and a frightening new emphasis on "end of life" counselling for our seniors. If you don't believe it just take a look at page 430 of HR 3200. The President has told the American people that this legislation encourages people to consider drawing up a "living will". This in and of itself is certainly not a bad idea. But what President Obama and other advocates of this bill have not told you is that in addition " the bill prescribes counseling on whether or not to forego nutrition, hydration, and antibiotics, in states where such counseling is permitted". Now turn to page 443 where it states that patients will participate in "shared decision making". As Betsy McCaughhey observes "Shared with whom? The government certified counselors? Nowhere is it stated that the patient unilaterally has the final say. The bill merely says the patient’s views will be "incorporated" into the decision making." This is scary stuff folks and it is provisions like this in HR 3200 that the American people need to be aware of before this billed is rammed down our throats.
Other highlights of the Obama health care bill that you should be aware of:
Two main bills are being rushed through Congress. Under either a new government bureaucracy will select health plans that it considers in your best interest and you will be forced to enroll in one of these "qualified" plans. If you now get your plan through work your employer has a five year "grace period" to switch you into a qualified plan. If you buy your own insurance you will have even less time.
As soon as anything changes in your contract, such as a change in co-pays or dedeuctibles, which many insurers change every year, you'll have to move into a qualified plan instead (House bill pp. 16-17)
When you file your taxes if you can't prove to the IRS that you are enrolled 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 pp 167-168).
What did you think of this review?