The Unread Health Care Bill
HR3200, the House’s version of health care reform, can be found here, at the GPO’s web site, in PDF format. All 1017 pages of it. You’ll need some time to read it. It’s dense. Too dense, in fact, for Congressmen to read, apparently.
Or, you can read this PDF file instead, which is a summary of the high points provided by Liberty Counsel, a conservative, pro-life legal firm, which apparently did read it. They reference the GPO’s file directly, so you can quickly track down the references they cite. A randon selection from the critique:
• Sec. 205, Pg. 102, Lines 12-18 – Medicaid-eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No freedom to choose.
• Sec. 223, Pg. 124, Lines 24-25 – No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No “administrative of judicial review” against a government monopoly.
• Sec. 225, Pg. 127, Lines 1-16 – Doctors – the government will tell YOU what you can make. “The Secretary shall provide for the annual participation of physicians under the public health insurance option, for which payment may be made for services furnished during the year.”
• Sec. 312, Pg. 145, Lines 15-17 – Employers MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan.
• Sec. 313, Pg. 149, Lines 16-23 – ANY employer with payroll $400,000 and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.
• Sec. 313, Pg. 150, Lines 9-13 – Businesses with payroll between $251,000 and $400,000 who do not provide public option pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.
• Sec. 401.59B, Pg. 167, Lines 18-23 – ANY individual who does not have acceptable care, according to government, will be taxed 2.5% of income.
• Sec. 59B, Pg. 170, Line 1 – Any NONRESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay for their health care.)
• Sec. 431, Pg. 195, Lines 1-3 – Officers and employees of HC Administration (government) will have access to ALL Americans’ financial and personal records.
• Sec. 441, Pg. 203, Lines 14-15 – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it says that.
It’s actually quite an interesting read, even minus Liberty Counsels alarmist tone and worst-case-scenario suppositions.
The scary thing is…maybe they aren’t being alarmist.
Also, note the tax rates above very carefully for employers who don’t provide health insurance. If you don’t think those rates are low enough to positively incentivize employers to dump private health coverage and turn it over to the government, then you just aren’t a very astute observer. 8% of payroll is nothing, compared to getting rid of the administrative headaches.
It’s not called “single-payer health care”. But, objectively, that’s precisely what it is. Private health insurance won’t be outlawed, of course. It’ll still be perfectly legal to provide it, or acquire it. It will just be starved to death under this plan, because employers will stop buying it. It’ll be easier and cheaper just to push the employees over to the “public option”.
I wonder if our NHS ID cards will have our pictures on them.