20 August 2009

Pretty brazen, really

Hey, the vast, right-wing conspiracy is BACK! The messiah said so himself!

To a group of supporters today, the chosen one stated:

Is Obamacare a government takeover? Will immigrants get free health checkups? Will the government be funding abortions? Will there be death panels -- as the president said -- "pulling the plug on Grandma?"

"Now," Mr. Obama said, pausing for several seconds for effect: "C'mon." The packed room cheered.

"Look, we know where these lies are coming from. If you just flick channels and then just stop on -- certain ones -- then you'll see, you know, you'll see who's propagating this stuff," the president said, drawing laughter with a clear allusion to Fox News.
Let's look at these charges, and see who's lyin' to who, shall we?

- "Is Obamacare a government takeover?"
Page 16 of the House bill states:

CONDITIONS.—Subject to paragraph (3) and except as required by law, the issuer does not change any of its terms or conditions, including benefits and cost-sharing, from those in effect as of the day before the first day of Y1.
So. If the insurance company doesn't change its terms or conditions from those that were in effect before the bill becomes law, then you can keep your private insurance. Someone please tell me when a year went by that something didn't change in your insurance policy. If and when something changes, dear readers, then guess what? You get to go to the government policy. Yes, Obamacare is a government takeover. Also see page 72, 84, 145.

- Will immigrants get free health checkups? Page 50 of the House bill states:

SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services(including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.
You know, personal characteristics like if you are in the country legally or not. Sure, it doesn't come out and say "illegal immigrants get free health care". But seriously, how long do you think it will be before some slip and fall lawyer sues because his illegal immigrant client's "personal characteristics" were trod upon? Yep, immigrants to this country, regardless of their status,will get the public option. Also see page 91, 170.

- Will the government be funding abortions?
Page 768 states:

(1) Improving maternal or child health and pregnancy outcomes or increasing birth intervals between pregnancies.
The topic that this paragraph refers to deals with home visits by nurses to help make pregnant mothers make proper choices. For the life of me, I can't come up with just how they are going to tell a pregnant woman how she's going to increase the interval between pregnancies unless they are going to abort the child she's currently pregnant with. So, yeah, it does look like the government will be funding abortions.

- Will there be death panels?
Page 430 states:

(B) The level of treatment indicated under subparagraph (A)(ii) may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified interventions. Such indicated levels of treatment may include indications respecting, among other items—
(i) the intensity of medical intervention if the patient is pulse less, apneic, or has serious cardiac or pulmonary problems;
(ii) the individual’s desire regarding transfer to a hospital or remaining at the current care setting;
(iii) the use of antibiotics; and
(iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.’’
That's right, dear readers. The government has already decided within the context of this bill, what treatments you will have available to you at the end of life. Yes, folks, read that again. The decision as to what (if any) treatment you get is going to be left up to someone that may or may not include your physician. So, yes, there are death panels in place to decide what treatment you get - or don't get. If you consider who's advising the White House on end of life treatment - Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel (brother of the White House Chief of Staff bully boy Rahm) - who's argued that only the folks in the 15-40 age group should get the complete benefit of the health care system as the people on either end of that demographic have lost or not yet achieved their productivity; then surely you could understand why people believe that Obamacare is going to limit care to the elderly and "non-productive" and make decisions based on value to society rather than personal need.

So, Mr. President. C'mon.
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