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Trust in Government and Health Care Reform

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Editor

Originally posted 2009-07-16 22:52:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

healthcare-reformTrust between the government and the people that elect it is the pivotal aspect of a democracy. When that trust is damaged, discontent rises. When its lost, a society faces serious risks of disintegration and chaos. Where are we in present times? To me it certainly feels like somewhere in between the two. Let me explain why.

One of the mantras which President Obama is offering in support of his (or actually it’s the Congress’) health care reform plan, is that all who are happy with their current plan will be able to keep it – seemingly a strong provision for those who would be concerned about a government mandated option. In his speech to the AMA in Chicago on June 15 he said:

“So let me begin by saying this: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage – they like their plan and they value their relationship with their doctor. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”

Read this quote a few times. What possibly could be hiding behind this simply worded, plain and direct commitment? 

Surprisingly there is. While the draft of the plan has recently been made public, its most controversial aspects have been omitted from distribution. The publicly released draft, comprising 615 pages of legal terms, conditions and constructs conveniently skips over most all of the contested issues, and particularly that of choice of health care providers. See CNS News article. The full draft comprising over 1,018 pages is yet to be made public, but several sources, including Rush Limbaugh and have obtained copies (available here) where on page 16 the full draft Section 102 reads:

(a) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE DEFINED.—Subject to the succeeding provisions of this section, for purposes of establishing acceptable coverage under this division, the term ‘‘grandfathered health insurance coverage’’ means individual health insurance coverage that is offered and in force and effect before the first day of Y1 if the following conditions are met:
(A) IN GENERAL. Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day of Y1.

Translated into plain language, while the proposed plan indeed allows you to retain your current plan and coverage (“Grandfathered option”),  but starting from the day the law is enacted (i.e. “first day of Y1”) your insurrer by law would be forbidden from accepting new members. Huh? Could this really be the case? The result of such a provision is so blatently clear – the eventual elimination of the private health care option, since clearly, over time, with no new subscribers, membership in private health plans would necessarily die off. I wouldn’t use the word “devious,” but then I struggle to come up with a word more appropriate. So the President gets to keep his promise – at least in the short term – and the country’s health care system ends up being socialized a-la the Eastern block model of the 1950’s. You certainly have to give him credit for being clever.

Now of course this little known fact has not yet caught on with the public. And we don’t yet know how much more editing the existing 1018 pages will undergo, but the overt and not so transparent use of sly tactics, inclusion of major provisions injected at the last minute, attempts to subvert the spirit of what is communicated to the public – none of this can be reinforcing of our faith and trust in the government. 

Please share this article with anyone who you know cares about the truth and purity of the government “We the People” elect to serve us.

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