Friday, July 17, 2009

Private health insurance: It's not an option

From Investors Business Daily:
Congress: It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"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 the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers. ...

Read the rest here. I suspect, just as with the "stimulus" and carbon tax bills, no one but the lobbyists, special interests groups, and the commie leadership will know, or be allowed to know, what's in the final bill that gets voted on. A thousand pages of legalese provides great camouflage for lots of malevolent, unconstitutional, and un-American ideas.

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