August 4, 2009

Cliffs Notes: Obama's Health Care Bill

Former Roslyn resident Joseph Gallagher, now in Southampton, PA took out a full page ad in the Tuesday Intelligencer.

His reason for doing so? Provide a Cliffs Notes version of the National Healthcare Bill.

Since the ad can't be found on the Intelligencer website, below is what was published.

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NATIONAL HEALTHCARE AT A GLANCE - Not all 1,017 pages

Page 16: States that if you have insurance at the time of the bill becoming law and change, you will be required to take a similar plan. If that is not available, you will be required to take the [government] option.

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 Choice Commissioner: will decide health benefits for you. You 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. [I add, can you say DMV?]

Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic fund transfers.

Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (example: SEIU, UAW, and ACORN)

Page 72: All private health care plans must conform to government rules to participate in the Health Care Exchange.

Page 84: All private health care plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e. total government control of private plans)

Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: [for] 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 it 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 health care 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 2-6% tax on payroll.

Page 167: Any individual who doesn't have acceptable health care (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 Health Care 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 health care 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 initial admission that results in readmission, you will be penalized by the government.

Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited from owning and investing in health care 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 (health care 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. [sounds like a new kind of death tax to me]

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 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.

I love it when a plan comes together.
paid for by a Very Concerned Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather
Joseph L. Gallagher
Southampton, PA

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Now, I'm not sure if there is anything in the second half of the bill since he doesn't reference any further pages. But one thing is clear, THIS CITIZEN KNOWS MORE ABOUT THIS BILL THAN SENATOR SPECTER.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any one of these should be enough to kill it. Taken together, nothing could be more clear to illustrate the true heart of a democrat.

Go Joe!

page13 said...

Below is an article about Joe's ad from the Intelligencer website...

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer/the_intelligencer_news_details/article/27/2009/august/05/ad-rallies-against-health-care-bill.html

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