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It explains why health care is so expensive when government regulates it.
There are 5 points in the article, let’s look at the first one.
Excerpt, showing the quality of the article:
The bills in both houses require that Americans purchase insurance through “qualified” plans offered by health-care “exchanges” that would be set up in each state. The rub is that the plans can’t really compete based on what they offer. The reason: The federal government will impose a minimum list of benefits that each plan is required to offer.
Today, many states require these “standard benefits packages” — and they’re a major cause for the rise in health-care costs. Every group, from chiropractors to alcohol-abuse counselors, do lobbying to get included. Connecticut, for example, requires reimbursement for hair transplants, hearing aids, and in vitro fertilization.
The Senate bill would require coverage for prescription drugs, mental-health benefits, and substance-abuse services. It also requires policies to insure “children” until the age of 26. That’s just the starting list. The bills would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to add to the list of required benefits, based on recommendations from a committee of experts. Americans, therefore, wouldn’t even know what’s in their plans and what they’re required to pay for, directly or indirectly, until after the bills become law.
You will not be able to save money under Obama’s plan by choosing to live clean. This bill is a massive transfer of wealth from the productive to the non-productive. It does NOTHING to reduce the costs of health care so that everyone, rich or poor, can pay their own way.
The other four points are:
- All patients will pay the similar rates, regardless of their lifestyle and choices
- Patients will be barred from purchasing catastrophic care alone, as with Health Savings Accounts
- Many patients covered through their employers will be dumped into the public option plan
- Patients will not be able to choose their own doctors, and care will be rationed
PLEASE READ IT AND SEND IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.