Friday, June 19, 2009

What Obama Is Not Telling You

Right now, politicians in Washington are scheming behind closed doors to impose a massive government-run health care system on the American people.

Forget, for just a moment, the 1.6 trillion cost to taxpayers for the "downpayment" on this plan. Forget, for just a moment, that the cost of Obama-Kennedy-Pelosi-Care will bankrupt the nation.

What should really concern you is not its cost... but rather its callousness.

Probably the most horrifying aspect of Obama-Kennedy-Pelosi-Care is that it will actually limit your family's health care choices, put government bureaucrats and accountants in charge of your family's medical decisions, and enable these government bureaucrats to actually play God - deciding who gets what treatment and when.

The dirty little secret is that Barack Obama's and Teddy Kennedy's and Nancy Pelosi's idea of "reforming" American health care seems to be Less Care for All, Little or No Care for Some.

Here's what political pundit Dick Morris recently wrote on the subject:

"[T]heir secret emerges: They are going to cut medical costs by cutting medical care. ... decisions will not be medical but financial. They will not be based on a doctor's opinion of what his or her patient needs, but a bureaucrat's and an accountant's opinion of what the new health care system can afford."

"And you will not be able to bypass their rulings and pay for this care yourself. The rules laid down must be followed and private payments will not be permitted to override them. What we now call a private fee for service will metastasize into a bribe.

"But this is just the very beginning... rationing is coming, and coming soon."

Rationing of services? Denial of choice? Is that the kind of "reform" you want?

If you need a CAT Scan or an MRI, forget it. If you need antibiotics, maybe - only if they're approved by the federal government. As for potentially life-saving or life-extending treatments, take a number and stand in line.

Is this why our so-called leaders in Washington want to bankrupt the nation in the name of "reform?"

We say "no."

But simply saying no is not enough. We must, right here and right now, tell our elected officials that we want them to say "no" to government-run health care as well.

This is perhaps the biggest fight for freedom in a generation. It is about the liberty to make our own health care decisions, in consultation with the doctors of our choice, rather than the federal government doing it for us!

Despite the realities of every other government-run health care system in the world, President Obama, in typical fashion, is attempting to sell his plan to the American people with empty promises - by telling you exactly what you want to hear.

"If you want to keep your doctor, you'll be able to keep your doctor," Obama says. "If you want to keep your present health plan, you'll be able to keep your present health plan," he tells us.

But if his government-run health care plan passes, Obama will never be able to keep those promises and he knows it.

Jim Lindgren, writing for the popular Internet blog Volokh Conspiracy, spelled out the reality of Obama's plan:

"[I]f the Obama plan is enacted, a substantial portion of employers will cut their health subsidies -- raising their employees' share of contributions to the company plan -- in order to drive some of the employees into the government exchange and the public option. Other employers may drop their plans altogether -- after all, workers could buy their own coverage in the government exchange -- or simply fund part of their workers' participation in the exchange. These changes, which would be the direct results of the implementation of the Obama plan, would make it virtually impossible for Obama to keep these promises..."

And, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently reported that the plan currently under consideration in Congress would cause about 23 million Americans to lose their private insurance.

Another thing Obama failed tell you is that even if he could keep those promises - and he can't - keeping your doctor or your present health plan won't matter when government bureaucrats start calling the shots and telling your doctor and provider exactly what they can and cannot do... when and how they are allowed to treat patients and how much they can charge for that treatment.


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