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The Right To Choose by Ira Schwartz
If there is one basic right that is the cornerstone of our democracy it is âthe right to chooseâ. We can choose our religious and political beliefs, our government leaders, where to live and what jobs we take. We can, for right now, even choose whether or not to enlist in the military. The right to choose is the most sacred of all our rights and is what sets The United States of America apart from most of the other countries of the world.
Now along comes HR 3200, known to most as the Healthcare Reform Bill. I have heard this bill touted as the best thing since Hippocrates first penned his now famous oath or the worst thing since the Spanish Inquisition. I figured the truth lay somewhere in between. I am sad to say I was wrong. After checking dozens of websites listing the pros and cons of HR 3200 and actually reading sections of the bill, which by the way is more confusing than a GPS gone bad, I have come to the conclusion this bill is very, very bad medicine. Itâs not even a good bill. But the real scary part of it isâŠIT TAKES AWAY OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Below are a few of the major problems with this bill.
If this bill passes as it currently is written everyone will be required, by law, to have health insurance, either thru your own private plan or the governments. If you donât choose a plan the government will choose one for you. If you opt out of the plan you will still be required to pay the premium only now it will be called a âtaxâ. Can you say âTaxation without representation?â Any way you slice it, you lose your right to choose.
When you are eventually enrolled in the governments plan, and we all will be sooner or later, you will be given a little device called âA Beneficiary Identification Card.â This card is like an ATM card on steroids. It will contain your complete, updated daily, financial and medical records. You must use this card each time you go to the doctor or seek medical attention. The governmentâs medical administrator will determine, after reviewing your financial and medical profile, if you qualify both financial and medically for treatment. This essentially means if you canât afford to pay the co-pay right then and there you get no medical attention. These are their words folks not mine. If you donât believe me use the link listed below and go to page 58 paragraph (D) of proposed bill HR 3200.
AARP likes this bill because they say, âit takes care of the elderly.â Itâs obvious they havenât really read this bill either. Page 102 of the bill states that the Commissioner shall provide a process for any person eligible for Medicare who has not enrolled in an âExchange providedâ health care plan to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid whether they want to or not. Again you have no choice.
But just when you thought it was safe to remove your reading glasses along comes Page 124 (f) Limitations of Review â âThere shall be NO administrative or judicial review of a payment rate or methodology.â Simply put, you have no means to protest their decision. The Health Gods have spoken. You are royally screwed. You have no choice.
While our present Health Care system isnât perfect it does work. If HR 3200 passes it will, in time, destroy that system leaving a huge, ponderous governmental machine in its place. Do we really want a large version of Medicare or worse a larger, more inefficient version of the Veteranâs Administration? The only real solution is a partnership between the government and the health care companies to create âtogetherâ affordable healthcare for all. We did it with Car Insurance we can do it with healthcare. You pay for the coverage you want, ala carte healthcare. If you need additional coverage you simply call the agent and order it. Simple, fast and at a fraction of the cost of HR 3200. More importantly it would allow us to remain in control of our own medical care and not some faceless bureaucrat in Washington whose only concern is the bottom line. The right to choose would be where it belongsâŠwith us.
This bill needs to be defeated at all costs. If it passes it allows the government to control us, the people, instead of the people controlling the government. It will set a dangerous precedence. Write your congressman or congresswoman, your senator, the president. Make your voice heard at town meeting. The right to choose is that important.
Iâve only listed a few of the major problems associated with this bill. If youâd like to read more there are dozens of websites where the information is readily available. Just sort out the facts from the political rhetoric. For those of you that would like to read all 1000 plus pages of HR 3200 for themselves the link is: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid;=f:h3200ih.txt.pdf
A bottle of Tylenol or scotch should be within easy reach before you start. Good luck.
Â© 2009 by Ira Schwartz