Saturday, July 18, 2009

What Could Go Wrong?

Betsy McCaughey's column at the New York Post opens with these disturbing graphs:

President Obama promises that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it," even after he reforms our health-care system. That's untrue. The bills now before Congress would force you to switch to a managed-care plan with limits on your access to specialists and tests.

Two main bills are being rushed through Congress with the goal of combining them into a finished product by August. Under either, a new government bureaucracy will select health plans that it considers in your best interest, and you will have 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'll have less time.

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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, it gets no better as the column continues. Especially troubling, in addition to the cost and the inconvenience, is McCaughey's assertion that part of the expense of the new program is to be defrayed by reducing medicare benefits to the elderly. Please read it all to gain a clearer picture of what the Democrats are trying to do to your health care. Also keep in mind that although congress wants to impose this on the rest of us, they will not be subject to it themselves.

Meanwhile, one Canadian's testimony doesn't mean everything, but it should count for something:

The Democrats under President Obama want to replace the best health care system in the world with a bureaucratic nightmare that organizationally looks like this:

Everyone who thinks this'll make health care choices simpler and easier to navigate raise your hand.