The Health Care Bill’s Hidden Gems

The new Health Care Bill is all about health care; right? Not on your life. There are things buried deeply in this bill that you would not believe and they don’t have a lot to do with your health care.

Did you know the bill allows the President can force doctors into military service whether in peace time or war time? This is ridiculous. Why do doctors need to go into the military whether or not they want to do so? How can this be done against their will? What are they supposed to be doing? No one seems to know. It certainly does give the President some strange powers that don’t have a lot to do with health care. You may be asking yourself what conscripting doctors into the military or only allowing the government to give college loans has to do with health care. The answer is nothing.

To be fair the Bill has some good points. There can be no pre-existing condition exclusions. Your policy can’t be cancelled on you. Insurers are supposed to pay the claims in a timely manner. I wonder if this means they can’t keep sending you those little forms to fill out to clarify your claim.

Have you looked this behemoth up on the internet? It has over 1,000 printed pages. If you want a copy, according to one site, you can pay $49.95 and get one. Most websites will give you “insights” into the bill. Of course, depending on their point of view, they will steer you toward what they want you to read.

The Huffington Post has partnered with Insight to dissect the bill and comment on it. Want to have your say? This is a good way.

One thing that caught my eye was the continued reference to “data gathering”. It isn’t spelled out but you sure get the feeling that your information will end up on in a giant database somewhere that can be accessed in a manner that is not to personal benefit. It’s just a feeling. If they adjust payments as many times as adjustments are mentioned, payments will be adjusted out of existence.

The Health Care Bill requires every American to be covered by health care. Whether or not this is constitutional is being debated even now. There will be a penalty to be paid if someone does not get health care. However, if that penalty is substantially lower than the health care insurance itself, what is to stop people from refusing? Paying the penalty? Getting health care anyway when they get sick? That’s something no one considered when mandating that everyone have this coverage.

While we wait for a decision as to whether or not this is constitutionally acceptable, our President is telling us that he has the right to make us buy a product he recommends. How interesting is that? It’s a step in a direction that is troubling to people who cherish the Constitution of the United States.

This bill passed by 219 votes. All of them were Democrat; not one Republican voted for this bill. That makes this bill, which concerns everyone in the U.S., a very partisan bill. So, should one group be able to dictate how we spend our money? I tried to go to the White House page about the bill; I got the “404 page cannot be found” message. Instead there was a list of “issues” we could browse. Don’t you think this is strange? Shouldn’t the American public be able to read the bill? So I went to the “title by title page” to see if I could get any more information. I clicked on “read the entire bill” and was sent to the Democrat’s website where the bill is posted.

The first thing that struck me (literally) after the bill number (HR 3590) was this statement: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and to modify the first time homeowners buyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes. Could you explain to me what this has to do with health care reform? Maybe you can find a copy of this thing and read it. So far what I have been able to see is confusing and concerning.

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