It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.
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.
But What about Obama's promise that you could keep your healthcare if you liked it....Powerline calls it misleading at best:
Barack Obama's constant assurance that, if you like your current coverage you can keep it, is misleading at best. You can keep it for a while, but your company can't enroll any new members in the plan, and if you change jobs, you're probably out of luck. "Non-qualifying" plans are obviously slated for extinction; if they can't enroll new members, they can't survive for long. When the "non-qualifying" plan that you like ceases doing business, you, too, are out of luck.I call it another lie that will cost Americans freedom and our economy jobs and our future generations money they haven't even made yet. The Dems plan is clear:
The Democrats would say, of course, that this doesn't mean they are "banning private insurance." Rather, once their plan goes into effect, all private insurance will have to "qualify" by meeting the criteria that are partly set out in the statute, but are to be developed more fully by a panel that will be appointed by the government. What that means in practice is that a private insurance plan will be allowed to exist only if it is the same as the government plan. Since the government plan will be taxpayer-subsidized, no private plan will be able to compete effectively with it if the private plan is required to provide the same coverages. So the consumer--you--will have no choice. You will have to buy the plan the government designs.
The Democrats' intention, obviously, is to drive private insurance into extinction so that we wind up with a "single payer" system, i.e., socialized medicine. In fact, in the health care proposal that Barack Obama put up on his web site during the campaign, he made it explicit that no private carrier would be allowed to compete with the government by offering a cheaper health insurance policy. That goal is achieved in a slightly different way by the proposals the Democrats are now debating
I thought the Left was all about choice. I guess only when the choice is about killing the unborn, which you will have to pay for under this abomination of a "plan." Disgusting.