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Obama/Waxman Health Care Plan Includes Flaws

The following items are currently included in the proposed bill for the national government to assume control of all American health care. The references below are to the healthcare (HC) bill now before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose chairman is our local Rep. Henry Waxman. 

The full 1,018 page text of the bill can be accessed at 

• Page 22– mandates the government will audit books of all employers who self insure;

•Page 30 section 123–there will be a government committee which decides what treatments and benefits you get;

•Page 29 lines 4-16–your healthcare is rationed;

•Page 42–the health choices commissioner will choose your HC benefits for you.

•Page 50 section 152–HC will be provided to all non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise;

•Page 58–government will have real-time access to individuals’ finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued;

•Page 59 lines 21-24–government will have direct access to your banks’ accounts for election funds transfer;

•Page 65 section 164–is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions and community organizations.

• Page 72 lines 8-14–government is creating a HC exchange to bring private HC plans under government control;

•Page 84 section 203–government mandates all benefit packages for private HC plans in the exchange;

•Page 85 line 7–specs for benefit levels for plans–the government will ration your healthcare;

•Page 95 lines 8-18–the government will use groups (i.e., ACORN & Americorps) to sign up individuals for government HC plan.

•Page 85 line 7– specs of benefit levels for plans–AARP members: your health care will be rationed;

•Page 102 lines 12-18–Medicaid-eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid, no choice;

•Page 124 lines 24-25–no company can sue government on price fixing; no “judicial review” against government monopoly;         •Page 127 lines 1-16—the government will tell doctors what  they can make;

•Page 145 line 15-17–an employer must automatically enroll employees into public option plan;

•Page 126 lines 22-25–employers must pay for health care for part-time employees and their families;

•Page 149, lines 16-24–any employer with a payroll of $400k and above who does not provide public option pays 8 percent tax on all payroll;

•Page 150 lines 9-13–businesses with payroll between $251k and 400k who don’t provide public option pays 2-6 percent tax on all payroll.

•Page 167 lines 18-23–any individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to government will be taxed 2.5 percent of income;

•Page 170 lines 1-3–any nonresident alien is exempt from individual taxes;

•Page 195–officers and employees of HC administration (government) will have access to all Americans’ financial and personal records;

•Page 203 line 14-15–“The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax;”

•Page 239, line 14-24 HC bill government will reduce physician services for Medicaid, seniors, low income, poor affected.

•Page 241, line 6-8–doctors will all be paid the same, regardless of what specialty they have;

•Page 253, line 10-18–government sets value of doctors’ time, professional judgment, etc.

• Page 265, section 1131–government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries;

•Page 268, section 1141–federal government regulates rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs;

•Page 272, section 1145– treatment of certain cancer hospitals, cancer patients;

•Page 280, section 1151: The government will penalize hospitals for what it deems preventable readmissions;

•Page 298, lines 9-11–doctors who treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission will be penalized by the government.•Page 317, lines 13-20–prohibition on ownership/investment, government tells doctors what/how much they can own;         •Page 317-318, lines 21-25,1-3–prohibition on expansion, government is mandating hospitals cannot expand;

•Page 321 2-13– hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception, but community input required;

•Page 335, 16-25 page 336-339–government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures;

•Page 341, lines 3-9–government has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc.

•Page 354, section 1177–government will restrict enrollment of special needs people.

•Page 425, lines 4-12–government mandates advance care planning consultation;

•Page 425, lines 17-19–government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, mandatory.

•Page 425, lines 22-25, 426 lines 1-3–government provides approved list of end of life resources;

•Page 427, lines 15-24–government mandates program for orders for end of life;

•Page 429, lines 1-9–an “advance care planning consult” will be used frequently as patient’s health deteriorates;

•Page 429 Lines 10-12–“advance care consultation” may include an order for end of life plans, an order from the government;

•Page 429, lines 13-25–the government will specify which doctors can write an end of life order;

•Page 430 lines 11-15–the government will decide what level of treatment people have at end of life.

• Page 469–community- based home medical services, non-profit organizations;

•Page 472, lines 14-17–payment to community-based organizations, one monthly payment to a community-based organization.

•Page 489, section 1308–the government will cover marriage and family therapy;

•Page 494-498–government will cover mental health services including defining, creating, rationing those same services.

Visit www.energycommerce. for the bill’s full text.

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