Thursday, September 23, 2010

What the New Healthcare Law Really Does

While certain measures of the “Healthcare” Law went into place right away, more of it is kicking in now that half a year has flown by.

According to the AP, those provisions include:
  • “Forcing insurers to meet new requirements”
  • Guaranteed “coverage for children with pre-existing conditions”
  • The elimination of lifetime dollar caps
  • The removal of insurers’ ability to “cancel policies retroactively for frivolous reasons when people get very sick”
But perhaps more telling than those so-called positive elements the article ticks off is the title: “Some families win under new health care provisions.”

“Some families?” Really? Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees something desperately wrong with that.

Weren’t we promised that the liberal version of healthcare reform would save the poor, the downcast, the huddled masses, reduce both the debt and deficit, save the economy and turn frowns upside down?

And yet now, we’re only told that “some families win” out from a law that even Time magazine admits few people really approve of?

The Time Version of the Healthcare Law: Do They Want Some Cheese with that Whine?

Admittedly, Time does a much better job of advertising the partisan piece of nonsense than the AP with the title, “The New Health Care Rules: What They Will and Won’t Do.”

Yet even that publication starts out whining how, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this. When Democrats front-loaded the Affordable Care Act with consumer protections set to kick in six weeks before Election Day, they never imagined health care reform itself would stay so unpopular. The newest reliable poll on public opinion on the new law, sponsored by the Associated Press, shows that 40% of Americans oppose the new law, with 30% saying they have no opinion and just 30% favoring it.”

Go cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it.

Yeah, I went there.

But, of course, it doesn’t. Instead, writer Kate (Lemming) Pickert goes on to spout the same tired misinformation that the liberal left has been spouting for the last two years. Allow me to paraphrase…

The American people just don’t understand all of the wonderful things the law contains. It really will bring down the federal deficit. If we didn’t pass it, adults would have to actually grow up and learn how to take care of themselves properly (i.e. coverage for “children” 25 and under on their parents’ plans).

That’s one interpretation of the story, but the Washington Examiner has a very different version…

What’s Not to Like About So-Called Healthcare Reform… Just About Everything

If you’re a liberal reading this blog, go ahead and laugh it up that I’m quoting the “right wing” press about anything, much less healthcare. Then try – just try – to really think about how more federal spending will bring down the deficit.

And keep in mind that even the AP admitted that, “The nation’s health care tab will go up – not down – as a result of President Barack Obama’s sweeping overhaul.”

If, after really trying to think about it, you’re still convinced that you’re right and “nah-na-nah-na-poo-poo” to anybody who thinks differently, well then, feel free to check yourself into a mental ward. Or Greece. I’m sure you’ll fit right in there with the depressingly broke country that is married to such ideas.

If you actually know how to think for yourself instead of a) parroting back what the liberal left says, b) sticking your head in the sand, c) following the crowd right off the cliff or d) some intricate combination of all three (I have no idea how anybody could stick their head in the sand while simultaneously walking off a cliff, but I wouldn’t put it past the left to find a way), then keep reading…

The Washington Examiner lists off eight specific reasons why not to like the healthcare law, and I would recommend reading the article in full. But here are the three that stood out to me the most in order of what I find most disturbing:
  1. “As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama's promise that it wouldn't. This means that tax dollars will be used to pay for a procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral. Supposedly, the Department of Health and Human Services will bar abortion coverage with new regulations but these will likely be tied up for years in litigation, and in the end may not survive the court challenge.”
  2. “Obamacare won't decrease health care costs for the government. According to Medicare's actuary, it will increase costs. The same is likely to happen for privately funded health care.”
  3. “Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure Americans stay in line.”

Welcome to the new America. Unless we start standing up for it.

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