Letters to the editor from this week's Chronicle:

A few highlights from the first 500 pages of the Healthcare bill in congress Contact your Representatives and let them know how you feel about this.  We, as a country, cannot afford another 1000 page bill to go through congress without being read. Another 500 pages to go.  Highlighted are a few of the items that are downright unconstitutional.
Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!  
Page 29:  Admission: your health care will be rationed!
Page 30:  A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process:
Page 42:  The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for you.
You will have no choice. None.
Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.
Page 58:  Every person will be issued a National ID Health card.
Page 59:  The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
Page 65:  Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)
Page 72:  All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)
Page 91:  Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens
Page 95:  The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.
Page 102:  Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.
Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing.  No “judicial review” is permitted against the government monopoly.  Put simply, private insurers will be crushed.
Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.
Page 145:  An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government run public plan.  No alternatives.
Page 126:  Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.
Page 149:  Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll
Page 150:  Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll.
Page 167:  Any individual who doesn’t have acceptable healthcare (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).
Page 195:  Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.
Page 203:  “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it really says that.
Page 239:  Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid.  Seniors and the poor most affected.”
Page 241:  Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)
Page 253:  Government sets value of doctors’ time, their professional judgment, etc.
Page 265:  Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.
Page 268:  Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.
Page 272:  Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!
Page 280:  Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.
Page 298:  Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a re-admission, you will be penalized by the government.
Page:  317:  Doctors: you are now prohibited for owning and investing in healthcare companies!
Page 318:  Prohibition on hospital expansion.  Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.
Page 321:  Hospital expansion hinges on “community” input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.
Page 335:  Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.
Page 341:  Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMO’s etc.
Page 354:  Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.
Page 379:  More bureaucracy:  Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone.)
Page 425:  More bureaucracy:  Advance Care Planning Consult:  Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?
Page 425:  Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory.  Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time.
Page 425:  Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.
Page 427:  Government mandates program that orders end-of life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
Page 429:  Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient’s health deteriorates.  This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans.  An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT.
Page 430:  Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.
Page 469:  Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN. 
Page 472:  Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.
Page 489:  Government will cover marriage and family therapy.  Government intervenes in your marriage.
Page 494:  Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing those services.
Remember, just the first 500 pages!  What Else?
Submitted by 
Shorty & Marge Arnzen

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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