to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
TO THE EDITOR
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
Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private
Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven
Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of
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
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
Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs
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?
Shorty & Marge Arnzen
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