Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Senator Harry Reid's Compromise: A Complete Government-Run Single-Payer Health Care System

Senator Harry Reid’s "compromise" was crafted behind closed doors. The American people have no opportunity to examine the bill, and neither have a majority of Senators.
Obama, Reid and the media say this compromise version of means the death of the "public option.” Do not believe it. Harry Reid's latest health care “reform” scheme, instead of eliminating or weakening the so-called"public option," actually increases the government's stranglehold over our nation's health care system... and over my family’s health care decisions. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), a major proponent of ObamaCare, calls Harry Reid's so-called compromise bill "an unvarnished, complete victory for people like me. It’s the mother of all public options. ... Never mind the camel’s nose; we’ve got his head and neck under the tent.” What more needs to be said? This latest compromise is nothing more than yet another brazen con job... yet another fraud designed to shove government-run health care down our throats.
Reid may call his latest plot a “compromise,” but in reality it paves the way towards a single-payer system by expanding the Medicare and Medicaid rolls, and by putting the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in charge of certain health insurance policies. Senator Reid’s new compromise is just more of what the American people have already rejected. There are no sensible reforms in Reid’s bill, nothing that would make health care better, more accessible, or more affordable. No medical liability reform. No portability of insurance policies. No sale of insurance across state lines. Under Reid’s compromise, we would still pay much more in order to get much less ... In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an independent analysis of Reid’s ObamaCare bill last week, and found that:
Health care costs would rise 235 billion dollars over the next decade;

17 million Americans would lose their current insurance coverage, regardless as to whether they like it or not;

One in every 3 seniors on Medicare Advantage would lose their plans;

19 million Americans would be forced to pay new taxes and fines;

18 million Americans would be put on taxpayer-funded welfare;

Up to 20 percent of Medicare providers would become unprofitable, leaving seniors with less access to and choices for care.

Having plunged Medicare and Medicaid into a financial black hole, liberals now want to do the same to the rest of health care. Within a decade, the Medicare system will be bankrupt. So what is the Obama-Pelosi-Reid solution? Add millions of people to the government health care rolls… decrease the number of health care providers and cut Medicare by 500 billion dollars.
Jeffrey Korsmo, the executive director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center states: “Bringing more people into a system that doesn't work very well is not a good answer. The current Medicare program is not sustainable." Let's examine this absurdity in more detail.
Reid's so-called compromise does not eliminate the so-called "public option." The Heritage Foundation’s Nina Owcharenko: “[S]hifting this public plan option to OPM means the Director of OPM could end up as the ultimate health care czar, reporting directly to the President.” Just what we need: yet another czar... yet another blow to freedom... yet another dagger in the heart of private enterprise.
Owcharenko writes further: “There is plenty wrong with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - massive consolidation of regulatory authority over health care to the federal government; unintended consequences of the employer mandate; constitutional concerns over the individual mandate; inequities created through the subsidy structure; massive Medicaid expansion; Medicare ‘savings’ shifted out of Medicare; and a flood of new taxes that impact Americans regardless of income -- to name just a few.”
More specifically, Owcharenko notes the so-called compromise plan run by the Office of Personnel Management(OPM) is just a head-fake by Reid and others: “If OPM was given broad power to negotiate and determine services, benefits, premiums, etc., this federal plan would be no different than the older version of the ‘public plan’...; merely because the public plan is ‘private’ in name only doesn’t change a thing.” Politicians may try to call this monster that Reid is pushing a private plan, but it will ultimately be a government-run plan... overseen directly by the White House. Reid is calling a skunk a rose, but it still stinks to high heaven.
An Unconstitutional Health Care Scheme...

In addition to paving the way toward imposing a European-style single-payer health care system on the American people, ObamaCare, for the first time in our nation’s history, will force you to purchase something you may or may not want or need … in this case, government-approved or government-run health insurance.

Here's what Todd Gaziano of the Heritage Foundation writes about the “individual mandate”provision in ObamaCare: “The federal government has never required all Americans to buy any good or service. This is not surprising, because there is nothing in the Constitution that grants Congress that power. And if you poll Americans, they know there is no such power. The mandate for individuals to buy health insurance is not a regulation of the health care or health insurance markets at all. ... It is a mandate that Americans must engage in commerce. If Congress can do this, they can do anything.” And that means anything. Think about that. What is to stop Barack Obama or Congress from forcing you to buy a new green Government Motors Chevy every year, or a lifetime membership in ACORN?

Gaziano outlines an historic truth:
“Under our constitutional system of limited and enumerated federal powers, no theory of federal authority can be correct if it has no limits.” In response to that sentiment, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are basically thumbing their noses at us and saying; So what? They've made it clear, by their own words, deeds and actions, that they are not interested in upholding the Constitution, but rather in seizing unlimited government power. For them, everything, including so-called health care reform, becomes a means to a political end... a socialist state. Are you willing to let the United States of America become the USSA … the United Socialist States of America?

You can stop that from happening... you can take a stand. Remember, Senate leaders are planning to hold a final vote any day now. The time to act is now. Help stop Harry Reid’s ill-named and poisonous health care “compromise.” Send faxes to the politicians in Washington! The American people are tired of being scammed! Let them know that Reid's compromise is not a compromise... it's an abomination!

My thanks and a hat tip to Jack Graff.


Amusing Bunni said...

Holy Crap, Opie! This is worse than we ever could have imagined. I haven't had time to read up on all of this....I'm glad you did this great post explaining all the horrors.

I've gotten to the point where I think I"ll just post cute video's and stuff. These people are just so evil and out of control, power mad morons taking over our total lives, and bankrupting us! Ewwww, it never ends. Time to look at cute kitties again.

I'm thinking of you and I know wed. will go great, don't let 'em get to you! God Bless.

Just a conservative girl said...

I met Michele Bachman today!!!!!! Very exciting to me, as I love her.

Hubby's birthday so I am on my way to dinner. But will post about it all later.

Have a good night.

The_Kid said...

If they pass anything it will have pathways to allow it to be perverted into the full bore plan they started with at some time in the future.

It has to be killed. Dead.

And their preferred 'plan' still leaves 24 million people uninsured.

Wtf? Why exactly did they start this 'health care reform' process for. Yes, it was so EVERY American would be insured.

Democrats must be mindless idiots.

WoFat said...

I feel that the demos in Washington couldn't give rat's ass about complaints from voters. They're sure they can pass the most stringent bills possible before the election. Then, when the election comes up they can like like the dogs they are and voters will believe them, having forgotten what went before.

Opus #6 said...

JACG, you are incredible! A brand new baby at hime, and still running to DC to save us from this government takeover. Thank you so much for going. I am glad to hear you got to meet Bachman, one of the very few true conservatives working in Washington.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, I'm right behind you to look at those cute puppies and kitties.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, if we judge them by their actions, then they don't care about the uninsured. They only care about creating a government takeover of healthcare, and owning the middle class, lock, stock and barrel.

Teresa said...

The Dems are a bunch of liars and are screwing the American people. I make you a bet that the single-payer plan was all Obama's idea. This is no dang compromise. This is bad, real bad. This must be stopped.

Bungalow Bill said...

You bring up a valid point about healthcare costs rising. When you add the reality of what Obama's policies are going to do the economy--inflation and hyperinflation--that number really is conservative.

Opus #6 said...

Wofat, I pray the voters are smarter than that.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, there has to be a reason why the Reid plan has not been made public.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, yes, we must factor in inflation.

Velcro said...

Henry Reid is a liar and a cheat. The American people are of no consequence to him. He will yet rue his selfishness. More calls and emails going out!

They Say/We Say said...

Every Insurance Policy has to be underwritten from some Big Insurance, even The Gov. Health Care.
Lloyd's of London ring a bell?
10 Downing Street Gang?
Has this sort of thing happened before?
I seem to remember some time ago, Yea, how about Friday the 13th. Instant replay anyone?

Z said...

looks like it WILL pass.....
Did you hear Reid pulled Olympia Snow aside to clue her in to this bill? WHY NOT CLUE THE SENATE IN? DICK DURBIN says HE doesn't know what's in it.

Snarky Basterd said...

We'd better start sending money to legal foundations preparing to file lawsuits against this.

Red said...

We've got people on the horn and penning poisoned letters yesterday!
These 'compromises' are a sham. Anything coming out of Reid's mouth? Believe the opposite. I am told Snowe is quite the loose canon.

Michele said...

As the dems continue to scheme and manipulate to pass government-run healthcare plans, I do find some comfort that--finally--even the liberal media is getting sick of all of this and beginning to question it. That, with rising concerns about the economy and Climategate, the media is having trouble ignoring all of this (even though I'm sure they'd like to). I feel more encouraged that this will, indeed, be a one-term president...but the conservatives have GOT to find a strong leader. There are some good conservatives out there, but I've yet to see a Regan.


Have you seen Reid's poll numbers in Nevada? Why is he doing this? Is he just stupid, or there something going on we do not know about?