Do I feel like I’m beating a dead horse? Yes. The problem? It ain’t dead. The health care bill is very much alive and it’s almost unthinkable that it’s even being considered for the following reasons:
The Cost Is Enormous: More importantly, America is already staggering under loads of debt. Why are we talking about a vast new entitlement? We are talking about this because the Democrats believe the state is the answer to all problems. Taking care of all your problems costs money. How much? According to this from Americans for Tax Reform, alot:
Official scores of H.R. 3962 (the House Dem health bill) are out from the Congressional Budget Office (spending) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (revenues). A few highlights:
When the bill is fully phased-in, it will increase spending by approximately $150-$200 billion annually. Put another way, it will add about a percentage point to federal spending as a portion of the economy. Put yet another way, it will increase the historical size of the federal government by about 5 percent.
For a comprehensive list of new taxes, read this.
The Health Care Bill is Government-Run Health Care aka Socialized Medicine: There is just no way around it. As John Hinderacker says over at Powerline:
Under the House bill, it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that health insurance companies are no longer in the insurance business. They can’t rate and underwrite risks, which is the essence of insurance. That’s illegal. They can’t decide to whom they will issue policies; that’s illegal, too. They can’t offer novel or innovative coverages; their coverages are dictated by law. To a limited extent they can make decisions on paying claims, but under the watchful eye of government regulators. Meaningful competition among insurance companies will be, in effect, illegal. (In that context, it is a sick joke that the Pelosi bill also subjects health insurance companies to the antitrust laws, from which they had been exempted in consideration of their regulation by state, not federal, authorities.)
In the world that the House bill would create, the money we will pay to insurance companies won’t really be insurance premiums. Insurance premiums are contractual payments which the parties voluntarily agree upon and which are based on a mutual assessment of risk. Rather, the checks we write to insurance companies will be taxes–legally compelled, at rates set by the federal government that are designed to punish some and subsidize others.
Your Life Will Be Regulated By The Government: Good grief, I want to swear right here. Like fire off a string of expletives. Do you buy food from a candy machine? Regulated. Own a hospital and you’re a doctor? Regulated. Parenting like a moron according to your nurse, she’ll come into your home and tell you how to parent. Regulated. Illegal immigrant sucking off the system and paying nothing in? Not regulated.
Why oh why would anyone want this bill? It is an atrocity. It will be expensive, limit choice, be centrally run, and citizens will be hectored to death by an invasive, oppressive government. Gah!
Forget Halloween, the health care bill is terrifying.