hat tip to commenter M2
Wow, check this out! The WH goes after Krauthammer (who also wrote the best article of his career I think), f this WH and their targeting of private citizens!!!!!!!
This [ObamaCare] reform is the most difficult to enact, for two reasons. The unions oppose it. And Barack Obama savaged the idea when John McCain proposed it during last year’s campaign.
Insuring the uninsured is a moral imperative. The problem is that the Democrats have chosen the worst possible method — a $1 trillion new entitlement of stupefying arbitrariness and inefficiency.
The better choice is targeted measures that attack the inefficiencies of the current system one by one — tort reform, interstate purchasing and taxing employee benefits. It would take 20 pages to write such a bill, not 2,000 — and provide the funds to cover the uninsured without wrecking both U.S. health care and the U.S. Treasury.
“In today’s Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer takes great pains to paint a bleak picture of health care reform as ‘monstrous,’ ‘overregulated,’ and rife with ‘arbitrary bureaucratic inventions,'” Pfeiffer wrote. “The columnist’s argument may be cogent and well-written, but it is wholly inaccurate.”
President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of HHS to move forward with an initiative to give states and health systems the opportunity to apply for medical liability demonstration projects. Section 2531 of the House bill also includes a voluntary state incentive grants program to encourage states to develop alternatives to traditional malpractice litigation.
FACT: A presidential memo is not a law. If it were, the GITMO detention center would already be closed.
FACT: There are no changes within the Congressional bills referred to as ObamaCare that changes Federal Law making regulatory changes to cap Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Claims.
Section 9001 of the Senate bill does impose a fee on high-cost health care plans. (A PDF of the Senate bill is available here.) To clarify: This is a fee on insurance companies that offer high-cost plans that drive up the cost of health care for all Americans, not a tax on individuals.
FACT: A tax on so-called Cadillac Health Care Plans is a selective and focused tax. It does not tax the all encompassing bundle of heretofore untaxed employment benefits of all Americans.
Section 1333 of the Senate bill allows for interstate health care choice compacts. Coupled with insurance market reforms to ensure individuals are not discriminated against, this policy will expand health care choices to millions of Americans.
FACT: There are two ObamaCare Bills not one bill; One in the Senate and another one in the House of Representatives. Therefore neither bill represents the true and intended nature of Health Care Reform, in and of itself.
FACT: Section 1333 does not mandate federal tort reform as written in the proposed pre-exemption of State Benefit Mandate Laws (Page 219, section 1333). Insurers may form “health care compacts” (page 219) and “Nationwide plans” (page 222) which would only be subject to the health benefit mandate laws and regulations of the State in which the plan was “written or issued.”
Assuming that the proposed new national minimum benefit guidelines (page 102, section 1302) would apply to the compacts and Nationwide plans, the national minimums would become default rules because insurers would certainly choose to be regulated by the weakest state. As a result, millions of Americans could lose insurance coverage of important medical treatments and services such as AIDS/HIV testing, reconstructive surgery, home health care services, and child delivery and mastectomy minimum hospital stays.
Provisions in the bill allowing states to “opt-out” of permitting Nationwide plans and “opt-in” to interstate compacts offer little protection. The 1,000 health insurance lobbyists estimated to be working the federal health reform bill, and the industry’s unlimited capacity to buy votes with campaign contributions, would be marshaled to advance the insurers’ interest at the state level.
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