In a recent article about the protest at Congressman Sanford Bishop’s office against healthcare reform, Congressman Bishop said, “We have the First Amendment in this country, but I find it curious that people choose to protest healthcare reform that would benefit them.” Congressman, you find it curious because at your town hall meeting in Albany you chose to talk to your constituents rather than listen. I know that your staff in the Albany office has become a fan of SWGAPolitics. I hope you are reading this too. I’ll try once more to explain why America, and more importantly—your constituents, do not want this reform.
There is an old saying that goes… “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I am not implying that the healthcare system in this country could not use a little tweaking, but it is not to the point where we should scrap the entire system and rebuild it. Have you seen the polls that show numbers around 75% of Americans that are happy with their insurance plan? Tweaking the system with free market solutions that involve patient/doctor relationships rather than government officials is where we should look. Let’s explore health savings accounts, tax breaks for healthy lifestyle choices, and a system that is accountable to the patient. Why does the plan not address tort reform? A constituent mentioned that out of 47 million uninsured, only 15 million are chronically uninsured. They can be covered by the savings that will occur through a free market approach. Please sir, I am begging you to listen!
Congressman Bishop, we have the best healthcare system in the world. People come from all over the globe to be treated here in America because their government run plans are substandard to the care in this country. Why do you believe that our system will stay number one when it is run by the bureaucrats in Washington? We may pay more than other countries, but we are getting the best care in the world. What’s more, whether they have insurance or not, nobody is denied treatment in this country.
One of the biggest problems in Washington is that the lawmakers never seem to think beyond the first step with all of the lofty goals and experiments that are conducted on our society. Providing healthcare coverage to everybody sounds like a great thing to do. What will result from this action? Doctors will be told where to live and how much they can spend to treat patients. Patient care will be a decision of the new Health Choices Commissioner. The system that most Americans view as the world’s best will be fundamentally changed forever.
A reporter from CBS recently uncovered in the 1000 plus page bill that section 431(a) “says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.” The article cites two other sections where the IRS must report your confidential information to countless government bureaucrats who have no business knowing about the private lives of the citizens of this country. Are you starting to see now why people are protesting?
You said that you have read the House bill at the town hall meeting at ASU. You can then verify the following facts from the bill. Readers of this entry that want to check the facts against the actual bill can find the bill here. I cut several of the points out to reduce the size. Is there any wonder why we would not support this piece of legislation? I beg you Congressman Bishop to read the bill and vote the conscious of your constituents. Government health care for all sounds great, but with these stipulations? I find it curious that legislators choose to vote for healthcare reform that would harm us all.
Pg 16 Line 10 Under Limitation of New Enrollment you will go on the government plan if you ever lose your current insurance coverage. No new policies will be written after Y1.
Pg 22 of the Health Care Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self-insure!!
Pg 30 Sec 123- THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Pg 29 lines 4-16 – There is an annual limitation on basic expenses which is a form of rationing.
PG 50 Section 152- HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
Pg 53- Severability:
“If any provision of the Act, or any application of such provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of the provisions of this Act and the application of the provision to any other person or circumstance shall not be affected.”
Pg 58 – Govt will have real-time access to individual’s finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued!
Pg 59 lines 21-24- Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer
Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Govt control.
PG 84 Sec 203 – Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange
PG 85 Line 7 – Specs of Benefit Levels For Plans. Bishop talked about the plan levels at the ASU town hall, but if the government is providing for all of us we should all get the same level of treatment. Otherwise it can be construed as rationing.
PG 102 Lines 12-18- Medicaid-Eligible Individual will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
pg 124 lines 24-25 No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Govt Monopoly.
pg 127 Lines 1-16- RE: Doctors- The Govt will tell YOU what you can make.
Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE
Pg 146 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for health care for part time employees AND their families.
Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer w/ payroll $400k & above who doesn’t provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.
PG 150 Lines 9-13- Biz w payroll between 251k & 400k who don’t provide pub. opt pay 2-6% tax on all payroll
Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable health insurance according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Pg 170 Lines 1-3 Any NONRESIDENT Alien is EXEMPT from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)
Pg 195 -Officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records
PG 203 Line 14-15- “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it actualy says that.
Pg 239 Line 14-24-Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor will be affected.
Pg 241 Line 6-8- Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you will all be paid the same. Why would a doctor study a specialty when they will all be rewarded the same?
Page 280 Sec 1151- The Govt will penalize hospitals for what Govt deems “preventable re-admissions.”
Pg 317 L 13-20- PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own of a healthcare facility.
Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand.
Pg 335 Line 16 Govt mandates establishment of outcome based measures. Health care the way they want. Rationing.
Pg 341 Lines 3-9: Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt plan
Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!
PG 424 Lines 20 Govt mandates “Advanced Care Planning Consultations.”
Pg 429 Lines 1-9: An “advanced care planning consult” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates
Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
PG 430 Lines 9-17- The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.
PG 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt into your marriage.
Pg 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.
PG 501 Section 1181 Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research Established. – Hello Big Brother – Literally.
PG 503 Line 19-25 The Center will collect data both published & unpublished (that means public & your private info)
PG 659-670 Doctors in Residency – Government will tell you where your residency will be, thus where you’ll live.
PG 675-685 Government will regulate hospitals in EVERY aspect of residency programs, including teaching hospitals.
PGs 700-703 Section 1619 If your part of HealthCare plan that isn’t in Government HealthCare Exchange but you qualify for Federal aid, no payment.
Pg 734 lines 16-25 For law enforcement purposes, the Secretary of Health & Human Services will give Attorney General access to ALL data.
PG 739-756 Government sets guidelines for subsidizing the uninsured with your tax dollars.
Page 762 1-8 No DS/EA hospitals will be paid unless they provide services without regard to national origin
Pg 769 SEC 1714 Federal Government mandates eligibility for State Family Planning Services. Abortion & State Sovereignty issues come to mind.
Pg 789-797 Government will set & mandate drug prices, controlling which drugs will brought to market. Bye-bye to innovation
Page 820-824 Sec 1801 Government will identify individuals ineligible for subsidies. Will access all personal finances.
PG 829-833 Government will impose a fee on ALL private health insurance plans including self insured to pay for Trust Fund!
838-840 Government will design & implement Home Visitation Program for families with young kids & families expecting kids.
PG 844-845 This Home Visitation Program includes Government coming into your house & telling you how to parent.
Pg 859 Government will establish a Public Health Fund at a cost of $88,800,000,000. Yes that’s Billion!
PG 876-892 The Government takes over the education of our Medical students and Drs.
PG 898 The Government will establish a Public Health Workforce Corps. to ensure supply of public health professionals.
PG 913-914 Government starts a HealthCare affirmative action program thru guise of diversity scholarships.
Pg 931 The Government will establish Preventative & Wellness Trust fund – The cost for fiscal year 2010 is $2,400,000,000 with billions more for each following year.
PG 934 21-22 Government will identify specific goals & objectives for prevention & wellness activities. Control You!!
PG 940 Lines 22-25 More Government? Offices of Surgeon General -Public Health Services, Minority Health, Women’s Health – THIS MEANS TAX DOLLARS USED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS.
PG 1017 States give up some of their State Sovereignty.
Written by Bill Waller. Mr. Waller is a author and contributor local blog, Southwest Georgia Politics. He enjoys writing, traveling, and researching history. He currently resides in Albany, Georgia.