What Is Inside Proposed Health Care Reform Bill (HR 3200)
I received this email from a good, trusted friend this morning and found it to be quite interesting regarding what is included in the Health Care Reform Bill being pushed through by President Obama. I too have friends in the United Kingdom that have also indicated the downside to government run health care. She had broken her back, had to wait for treatment, the doctors then messed up the procedure and she had to wait another 6 years to get a second opinion and try and fix the problem.
Now, to me, that just doesn’t sound like a great health care plan. Please take the time to read this email and then download a copy of the actual Health Care Reform Bill (HR 3200). Then let your Congressman and Senator know what you really want from the government!
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009 4:26 AM
Subject: Know what’s inside the Health Care Reform Bill (HR 3200).
There has been much discussion over the past several weeks about President Obama’s drive to install massive reforms in the nation’s health care system. Have you actually seen and read the text of this Bill? If you are like me, you’ve relied largely upon what you’ve heard through the various news and media outlets. A copy of the House health care reform draft bill was leaked recently and is now circulating the Internet on various blogs. I have attached a copy of the Bill to this email for you to review.
What disturbs me most about putting the nation’s health care apparatus in the hands of the Federal Government is not the financial and quality repercussion that the proposed plan will have (e.g. how to pay for it, who will get it, physician pay, what form the rationing will take, etc.). Although these things are worthy concerns, what I fear the most is that a government that derives its worldview and methods from secular humanism — divorced from the Judeo-Christian (and Muslim) view that life is sacred and created by God — will finally have in its hands the power to make life or death decisions that affect every one of us. Immediately, this will affect the unborn and elderly, with follow up consequences for the impaired and chronically infirmed sure to follow.
My family experienced a form of this system during our years in London (2004-2007) through their National Health System (NHS). We were unable to choose our own family physician or specialist, and every time we went to see the doctor it became an “all day” process — waiting in line for hours at at time to receive care. But even worse, the elderly mother of one of my senior local employees at the Embassy fell into ill health in her late 70’s, and was “weaned off” any meaningful health care until her death. In that system, the value of the few years of life that this care would have given her was not worth the funding taken from other users of the NHS. (Interesting that in the government’s eyes the NHS — not God — determines when a person’s life if ending.) Taking the life of the unborn through abortion (including late term procedures) was encouraged and commonplace, paid for entirely by the NHS, and virtually unrestricted.
There is a poignant book by Charles Colson, How Now Shall We Live, that describes beautifully what is happening in the “culture war.” (This book is an expansion of the work of the well-known Christian philosopher, Francis Schaeffer in his book, How Should We Then Live.) Colson outlines how “post modern,” secular humanistic forces — basing their premises on the lie that there is no God, that we are merely organisms that evolved by chance in the cosmos, that human life is little more valuable than animal life (we are, after all, just another randomly evolved species) — have usurped our institutions of higher learning, our public education system and our government bodies in order to undermine the Judeo-Christian understanding that the Earth and the Universe was created for a purpose by God. In this system of thought, there is no objective right or wrong — there is only what is functional for the “good” of society as a whole. It is, in essence, Satan’s great plan that we are seeing unfold before our eyes.
Perhaps we are in the “last days” that the Bible speaks about so pointedly. Even so, it is our responsibility as followers of Christ to understand our times, to apply the truth of God’s Word to every premise, and to stand firm against evil in every place where we encounter it until the inevitable return of Christ.
While I am grieved that we do not have a completely equitable system of health care delivery in our nation, I also understand the dangers associated with big, centralized government. I have seen first hand how bloated, impersonal bureaucracies divorced from the public eye and scrutiny operate in Washington. I’m no expert, but perhaps our very competent health care system should be expanded to cover the uninsured, instead of reinvented with incentives that will eventually turn it into a government-run system.
Below are some noted highlights of the draft House health care bill that you might find interesting. (These are not my own, but copied from a conservative blog — EconomyPolicyJournal.com.) Take particular note of pages 425 – 430. I encourage you to take time to inform yourself on this critical issue, and communicate regularly with your Congressional representatives in the House AND Senate. Believe me that nothing shakes your representative more than correspondence from his/her constituency!
In His Steps,
Pg 22: Mandates the Govt will audit books of all employers that self-insure.
Pg 30 Sec 123: There will be a government committee that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Pg 29 lines 4-16: Healthcare is rationed.
Pg 42: The “Health Choices Commissioner” will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice.
Pg 50 Section 152: HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
Pg 58: Govt will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued.
Pg 59 lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
Pg 65 Sec 164: Includes a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations (e.g. ACORN).
Pg 72 Lines 8-14: Government is creating a “Health Care Exchange” to bring private health care plans under government control.
Pg 84 Sec 203: Government mandates all benefit packages for private health care plans in the Exchange.
Pg 85 Line 7: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans – government will ration Healthcare.
Pg 91 Lines 4-7: Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens.
Pg 95 Lines 8-18: The government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for government health care plan.
Pg 85 Line 7: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans (e.g AARP members) – health care will be rationed.
Pg 102 Lines 12-18: Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
Pg 124 lines 24-25: No company can sue government on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly.
Pg 127 Lines 1-16: Doctors / AMA – The government determine salaries.
Pg 145 Line 15-17: An employer must auto enroll employees into pub. opt plan. No choice.
Pg 126 Lines 22-25: Employers must pay for health care for part time employees and their families.
Pg 149 Lines 16-24: Any employer with payroll 400k & above who does not provide pub. opt pays 8% tax on all payroll.
pg 150 Lines 9-13: Businesses with payroll between 251k & 400k that do not provide pub. opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.
Pg 167 Lines 18-23: Any individual who doesnt have acceptable health care coverage (according to government mandate standard) will be taxed 2.5% of income
Pg 170 Lines 1-3: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)
Pg 195: Officers & employees of Health Care Administration (GOVT) will have access to all Americans finanancial/personal records.
Pg 203 Line 14-15: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” (Yes, it says that.)
Pg 239 Line 14-24: Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.
Pg 241 Line 6-8: Doctors, regardless of specialty, will all be paid the same.
Pg 253 Line 10-18: Government value of doctor’s time, prof judg, etc.
Pg 265 Sec 1131: Government mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.
Pg 268 Sec 1141: Federal government regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
Pg 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – RATIONING.
Pg 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for what government deems preventable readmissions. Resulting effect: Hospitals will hesitate to re-admit sick patients.
Pg 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission – Govt will penalize you.
Pg 317 lines 13-20: OMG. PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells doctors what/how much they can own.
Pg 317 lines 21-25 / Pg 318 lines1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion. Govt restriction on hospital expansion.
Pg 321 lines 2-13: Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input required. (e.g. ACORN)
Pg 335-339: Govt mandates establishment of “outcome based measures.” (i.e. rationing)
Pg 341 Lines 3-9: Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. – forcing people into Govt plan.
Pg 354 Sec 1177: Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people. WTF.
Pg 379 Sec 1191: Govt creates more bureaucracy – “Telehealth Advisory Committee.” (i.e. HC by phone)
Pg 425 Lines 4-12: Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Senior Citizens “end of life” counseling.
Pg 425 Lines 17-19: Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of atty. Mandatory.
Pg 425 Lines 22-25 / Pg 426 Lines 1-3: Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.
Pg 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends.
Pg 429 Lines 1-9: An “adv. care planning consult” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates
Pg 429 Lines 10-12: “adv. care consultation” may include a government order for end of life plans.
Pg 429 Lines 13-25: The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
Pg 430 Lines 11-15: The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.
Pg 469: Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations.
Pg 472 Lines 14-17: PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization – potentially organizations like ACORN.
Pg 489 Sec 1308: The government will cover Marriage & Family therapy, inserting government into family matters..
Pg 494-498: Government will cover Mental Health Services, to include defining, creating, rationing those services