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December 10th, 2009 | Author:

Robert Tracinkski has written a nice one-page summary of the 2000-page health care bill that the Senate is “debating.”  First, he says, ignore the abortion-funding issue because the left will accept restrictions on that to get moderate democrat votes for passage.  And debating the “public option” is only a distraction, because they don’t have the votes to pass it.

The three real issues, he contends, are as follows:

1.  guaranteed issue and community rating By requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, and regulating the rates they can charge for them, it will drive up the cost for everybody else.

But why spend years paying these inflated premiums for insurance you’re not using, when you can get exactly the same benefits by waiting until you actually fall ill? The obvious result is that million of people, especially healthy young people, will quickly realize that there is no reason to buy health insurance until they get sick.

Obviously, this will drive private insurers out of business and leave us to go crawling back to the government for health care – and you’re a dreamer if you think the democrats don’t know this.

2. individual mandate So that people can’t do this, everyone will be required to purchase insurance or pay an unconstitutional tax just to exist.  Because this isn’t very popular, they’ve set it at $750 a year.  But if insurance cost $3000 a year, and you have no incentive to buy it until you’re sick, which will you choose to pay?

3.  Health “Choices” Czar

But the biggest power-grab in the bill is the government takeover of the entire market for health insurance. The bill requires all new policies to be sold on a government-controlled exchange run by a commissioner who is empowered to dictate what kinds of insurance policies can be offered, what they must cover, and what they can charge.

Right now, your best option for reducing the cost of your health insurance is to buy a policy with a high deductible, which leaves you to pay for routine checkups and minor injuries (preferably from savings held in a tax-free Health Savings Account) but which covers your needs in catastrophic circumstances-a bad car accident, say, or expensive treatment for cancer. This is the kind of coverage I have.

But the health-insurance exchange is intended to eliminate precisely this kind of low-cost catastrophic coverage. Its purpose is to force health-insurance companies to offer comprehensive coverage that pays for all of your routine bills-which in turn comes at a higher price. So under the guise of making health insurance more affordable, this bill will restrict your menu of choices to include only the most expensive options.

So there we have the real essence of this bill. It restricts our choice of which insurance to buy and pushes us into more expensive plans. At the same time, it destroys the economic incentive to purchase insurance in the first place and replaces insurance with a free-floating tax on one’s very existence.

November 16th, 2009 | Author:

If mandatory health insurance goes through, it will turn me into a criminal.  I don’t have health insurance. I don’t want it. And I will refuse to buy it even though I can afford it. Before they lead me to the cells, perhaps the prisoner may be allowed to say a few words in his defense.

This is the beginning of an excellent article by James L. Payne, and a viewpoint that’s definitely gone out of fashion.  Read the rest here.

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July 24th, 2009 | Author:

Betsy McCaughey, in an interview with former presidential candidate Fred Thompson on his radio show warned people to “protect their parents” from the measure and said the consultation is essentially an attempt to kill off elderly Americans.

She also stated in this report from LifeNews that the message to patients is “to do what’s in society’s best interests, and cut your life short.”

In other words, old people are a non-productive drain on the state. No wonder Obama says we’re not a Christian nation.

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July 23rd, 2009 | Author:

The following post may be hazardous to your blood pressure. Consult your primary care physician before reading.

After months of Obamese about the joys of a federal health care system, it’s easy to get worn down and just ignore it. But some things just jump out and bite your butt, like the following.

Peter Fleckenstein has been (gasp!) actually reading the bill and posting tweets about what’s in it. Robert Wenzel at For Freedom’s Sake has collected “Fleckman’s” comments in a single post. Thanks to both, but DO NOT read the whole list if you have high blood pressure.

Here’s a sample:

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!

Pg 58HC Bill – Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer

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February 06th, 2009 | Author:

Ashley Ryburn, 16, got top grades, danced in the school show choir, and played four sports in high school. Then she got the Gardasil vaccine.

Now she has black-outs, temporary paralysis, painful back spasms, and assorted other ills. Go watch the video of Ashley’s story in her own words.

Merck, the manufacturer/pusher of this drug, deny there are any problems. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says it’s safe, despite 10,326 reports to VAERS of reactions.

Barbara Loe Fisher, of the watchdog group National Vaccine Information Center, says that Gardasil accounted for 20 percent of reactions report to VAERS in 2007 and 2008.

Fisher calls the percentage “unusual” given that Gardasil is new and isn’t mandated.

“This is a whitewash of this vaccine. To say that almost 10,000 reports of reactions, injuries, 30 deaths is all a coincidence is simply not scientifically responsible,” Fisher said. “You have perfectly healthy girls go in and get this shot and then suffer a pattern, a very clear pattern of injury, and some of them are dying. This is not acceptable.”

The side effects all look a lot like what’s been happening to Ashley, Fisher said: brain inflammation, immune system dysfunction, tingling and numbness in the hands, feet and legs, severe headaches, strokes, joint pain, muscle weakness, seizures and memory loss.

Merck, you might recall, is the manufacturer of Vioxx, that was recalled in 2004 because it caused heart attacks and strokes. A quick search shows they also issued a recall in Dec. 2007 of HIB and hepatitis B vaccines for babies, because of contamination … and Hepatitis A vaccine in March 2002, reason unknown … and in July 2007 an injection called Invanz, used for infections, because it had pieces of broken glass in it … and in November 2001 their kava products sold in Germany, because of reports of liver failure.

But the FDA, as usual, says just trust us. And Merck will continue to sell all their expensive vaccine so they can recoup their investment … over the bodies of teenage girls.

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