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Highlights from the Healthcare Reform Bill: Sounds like Socialized Medicine

August 12, 2009
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I just got an e-mail protest from a family member outlining the “cost” of Obama’s new healthcare plan.  While all of you who read regularly know I am no great fan of Obama, even I was surprised a the liberties taken by our representatives when designing this bill.  These issues that are unconstitutional will then have to be taken up in the courts, which will cost our government more and more money.  Here is a sample of the e-mail:

Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!
Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!
Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and
benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals
Page 42: The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health
benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with
free healthcare services.
Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.
Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access
to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community
organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)
Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government
rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.
Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the
Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)
Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for
services; translation: illegal aliens
Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americo! rps to s ign up
individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.
Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically
enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.
Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No
“judicial review” is permitted against the government monopoly. Put
simply, private insurers will be crushed.
Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.
Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the
government-run public plan. No alternatives.
Page 126: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time
employees AND their families.
Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does
not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll
Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who
does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll
Page 167: Any individual who doesnt’ have acceptable healthcare
(according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes
(Americans will pay for them).
Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare
Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal
Page 203: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated
as tax.” Yes, it really says that.
Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors
and the poor most affected.”
Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be
paid the same (thanks, AMA!)
Page 253: Government sets value of doctors’ time, their
professional judgment, etc.
Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private
healthcare industries.
Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven
Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of
Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the! governm ent deems
preventable re-admissions.
Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial
admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the
Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited for owning and investing
in healthcare companies!
Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot
expand without government approval.
Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on “community” input: in other
words, yet another payoff for ACORN.
Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based
measures: i.e., rationing.
Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage
Plans, HMOs, etc.
Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS
Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee
(healthcare by phone).
Page 425: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior
Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?
Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living
wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in
estate taxes ahead of time.
Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life
resources, guiding you in death.
Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life
treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate
treatment as patient’s health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER
for end-of-life plans. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT.
Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may
have at end-of-life.
Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for
Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs
for ACORN.
Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy.
Government intervenes in your marriage.
Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining,!
crea ting and rationing those services.

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