Saturday, March 27, 2010

Freedoms Lost Under Passage of Health "Reform" Law

Shawn Tully of Fortune sifted through both health care bills and found out that in both of them, Obama's claims that Americans will be able to keep their existing health plans isn't true.  The bills reveal a web of restrictions, fines, and mandates that would radically change your health-care coverage.

"If you prize choosing your own cardiologist or urologist under your company's Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO), if your employer rewards your non-smoking, healthy lifestyle with reduced premiums, if you love the bargain Health Savings Account (HSA) that insures you just for the essentials, or if you simply take comfort in the freedom to spend your own money for a policy that covers the newest drugs and diagnostic tests -- you may be shocked to learn that you could lose all of those good things under the rules proposed in the two bills that herald a health-care revolution.

In short, the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage -- including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money -- but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can't have. It's a revolution, all right, but in the wrong direction."

Here is more information on just five of the freedoms we just lost because of the passage of Obamacare.

Here are 20 more freedoms, as patients, that we just lost under Health care "reform" :

1. You are young and don't want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the "privilege." (Section 1501)

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You'll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That's because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person's health status. (Section 2701).

3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).

4. Think you'd like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn't cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that's what the customer wants. (Section 2712).



Woodsterman (Odie) said...

But we already knew that didn't we ? It won't be a bed of roses Teresa, But thank goodness our great leaders won't suffer. They don't fall under the rules of OUR federal plan.

Maggie Thornton said...

This whole sham is to eventually get us on a single payer - everyone under government control. I read today that the Joint Committee on Taxation says there is no way to enforce the fees and penalties attached to the mandate. BigGovernment says this will break the insurance companies. So, can't we see that this might be a purposeful act? Have you heard about this?

I tried to ferret out the "keep your insurance if you want to" in the bill and couldn't do it, but I am not at all surprised to hear that is not the plan. That was the last thing Obama wanted.

I want to see these people behind bars, and I don't it's too much to ask.

Excellent info, Teresa. Thank you!

nyp said...

It is true that people will now pay a tax if they wish to have the freedom to live without adequate health insurance while expecting the taxpayer to foot the bill when they crash their motorcycles and show up in the emergency room.

That really does not bother me.