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Friday, November 13, 2009

Does Congress not know Halloween is over?

Government friends in high media places did not report the entire Congressional Budget Office (CBO) findings on House bill 3269. Only the coverage-related provisions of $897 billion were reported by the "lame stream" media (coined by Bernard Goldberg). According to the Heritage Foundation, the media failed to mention the $1.05 trillion total gross spending for coverage-related provisions, or the non-coverage related spending (including 118 new bureaucracies) of approximately $217 billion. Adding the cost of "Doc Fix", dealing with Medicare Part B reimbursements to doctors ($210 billion), tax payers are getting egged with a preliminary total of $1.5 trillion before final passage of the bill on Nov. 7.

Below is a sampling of my research of HR3962. You decide if it is trick or treat.

* After statements on eligibility and pre-existing conditions on pages 19-22, line 24 on page 22 refers to "Covered Benefits--Covered benefits under the program will be determined by the Secretary (of Health and Human Services) and shall be consistent with the basic categories in the essential benefits package..." Please tell me the difference between not covering pre-existing conditions and not covering certain other things under this plan.

* Page 34, Lines 3-13: Qualified Child Defined--"...an individual who (but for age) would be treated as a dependent child of the participant...and who 1)is under 27 years of age and 2)is not enrolled...under any health insurance coverage or group health plan. How do you feel about a chunk of your paycheck giving 26-year-old adults incentives to stay home and let you foot the bill?

* Page 136--the Health Choices Commissioner (one of many newly created offices) will develop federal standards for terms and definitions used in all insurance coverage.

* Page 162--the Commissioner will set rules for determining how employees of a business are counted to determine the type of plan they can have. So much for, "If you like the plan you have you can keep it."

* Page 167--the Commissioner will specify the benefits of all private insurance companies offered through the Exchange.

These are only a few government infringements on the private sector. Please do not take my word for it. I strongly encourage you to go to www.thomas.gov to see for yourself. The Founding Fathers never envisioned government as being in business for itself, competing against the free market.

"The problem with socialism is that you soon run out of other people's money." Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.