New York Offers Costly Lessons on Insurance

Coming soon to the rest of the country. All those things people said would happen, like higher costs and such, which the Main Stream Media said wouldn’t happen… looks like they’re gonna happen. Surprised?

From The New York Times:

When her small executive search firm in New York City canceled its health insurance policy last year because of the recession and rising premiums, April Welles was able to buy her own plan and still be covered for her cancer and multiple sclerosis.

She was lucky to live in New York, one of the first states to require insurance companies to offer comprehensive coverage to all people regardless of pre-existing conditions. But Ms. Welles, 58, also pays dearly: Her premium is $17,876 a year.

“That’s a lot of groceries,” she said.

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Healthcare according to “Maxine”….

From Flopping Aces:

Let me get this straight… We are trying to pass passed a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.

What could possibly go wrong?

… nuff said, Maxine. Couldn’t have done it better myself…. LOL

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Insurance Industry “suddenly” excited about health care law; launches program to “Enroll America”

Wow, try to look surprised!

From America20xy.com:

By Andrew Steele

After supposedly opposing the president’s health care bill, which would force Americans to buy private insurance, and giving Americans over the past year the impression that the battle was that of a populist president vs. big business, the insurance industry is suddenly embracing the new law and wants to get as many Americans enrolled as possible!

According to a TIME Magazine article: America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry trade group, has agreed to sign on to a new, 50-state health care reform implementation effort, provisionally called Enroll America, which is being organized by Ron Pollack of the pro-reform group Families USA. “We are participating in it,” says AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach. “The goal is to get everyone covered.””

The myth that insurance companies oppose legislation that would lay heavy fines on any citizen who doesn’t purchase their product was used by the mainstream media and the White House to make Americans believe that the victory of a few corporations somehow equated to victory for the  people.  While doing nothing to address the creation of new jobs so that the uninsured can sustainably afford the insurance they’re being forced to buy, the new law has assured the insurance industry an endless well of customers, backed by the US taxpayer if those customers are unable to pay.

Enroll America will focus on enticing the final 5% of Americans who will be eligible for health insurance under the new law but whom congressional budget scorers do not expect to enroll. On a state-by-state basis, the group will work to create an easy application process for benefits, including access to enrollment at doctors’ offices, pharmacies and government agencies that provide other benefits like food stamps.

Though the people behind Enroll America say they’re concerned that a small percentage of the population will defy the law, the IRS has been enlisted to help the government enforce the insurance mandate.

The Congressional Budget office estimates that 95% of Americans will get health insurance by 2016.  That will add nearly 32 million previously uninsured people to the health-coverage rolls.

No doubt, for the insurance industry, the presidency of Barack Obama will be very good for business.

Dingell: It will take some time for ObamaCare to “control the people”

This is exactly what the whole health care piece of crap bill is all about: Control. One of the “selling” points that played on people’s sympathies was the number of people who die yearly, supposedly because they don’t have insurance. How many people will now die because they have insurance but are in a plan which makes them wait for treatment?

Sen. Reed: Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance is Constitutionally Justified Because It’s Like Making People ‘Sign Up for the Draft’

Except that only certain age groups are required to sign up for the draft, and you don’t have to pay to sign up for the draft. There are tons of other differences, but anyone with any sense at all can see that this is a really bad analogy. But leave it to the politicians to continually search for a way to force people to buy something they don’t want.

From CNSNews (with audio):

When asked where specifically the Constitution authorized Congress to mandate that individuals buy health insurance, Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) said that he “would have to check the specific sections” but said that it was like making people “sign up for the draft.”

“Specifically where in the Constitution does Congress get its authority to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance?” CNSNews.com asked Reed.

“Let me see,” said Reed. “I would have to check the specific sections, so I’ll have to get back to you on the specific section. But it is not unusual that the Congress has required individuals to do things, like sign up for the draft and do many other things too, which I don’t think are explicitly contained [in the Constitution].  It gives Congress a right to raise an army, but it doesn’t say you can take people and draft them. But since that was something necessary for the functioning of the government over the past several years, the practice on the books, it’s been recognized, the authority to do that.”

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White House Says No ‘Veracity’ to Argument That Forcing Individuals to Buy Health Insurance Is Unconstitutional

From CNSNews:

(CNSNews.com) – White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that there is no “veracity” to the argument that the U.S. Constitution does not authorize the federal government to force individuals to buy health insurance.

The Congressional Budget Office has said that the federal government has never before in American history forced Americans to purchase any good or service.

When the health-care bill was being debated in the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised questions about the constitutionality of forcing Americans to buy health insurance, which all congressional versions of the health care bill would do.

Hatch rejected the notion that the Commerce Clause–which empowers Congress to regulate commerce “among the several states”–justifies forcing Americans to purchase a product they do not want to buy. If Congress can make people buy health insurance, Hatch argued, they can force Americans to buy refrigerators or new cars.

But Gibbs said those who make this kind of argument have no federal court cases to back them up.

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Constitutionality of health overhaul questioned

The Democrats (and to be fair, the Republicans do to, just on different issues) seem to think that the government has the right to do whatever it wants, and we have to go along with it. I think it’s going a bit far to state that the Constitution allows the government to require individuals to purchase a good or service and apparently (and fortunately) others do also.

From The Washington Times:

On top of all the other obstacles facing President Obama in his quest to pass health reform is this one: Does the U.S. Constitution allow the government to require uninsured Americans to buy medical insurance or impose a tax penalty if they refuse?

Congress has never before required citizens to purchase any good or service, but that is what both House and Senate health bills would mandate.

While this debate has been overshadowed by other issues involving the plan’s nearly $1 trillion cost and its government-run option, the constitutional argument strikes at a pivotal part of the health care plan’s finances. To make a government-run health care plan work, the nation’s largely uninsured young adults would need to be covered to help subsidize medical care for older and typically less-healthy Americans, legislators say.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the complaint Thursday when she was asked by a reporter if the Democrats’ health reform proposal was constitutional.

“Are you serious? Are you serious?” Mrs. Pelosi replied.

But House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said the argument could not be ignored.

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