One would be hard pressed to prepare a “public service announcement” any more deceitful than that recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services. Apparently, it’s Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who hasn’t bothered to either read the bill or any of the myriad of analyses prepared by either the CBO, or the Office of the Actuary for Medicare and Medicaid (OACT).
First the video:
Let me list just a few of the down right falsehoods contained in Ms. Sebelius’s two minute infomercial.
- You will not have “more control” over your health care. It will be the federal government that will decide what must be in your insurance plan, not you. And, if you do not have a “qualified” plan, you will be forced to pay a penalty, or tax, or fine, or whatever the federal government now calls it.
- You will not be able to keep your health plan if you like, and even the President himself has acknowledged this. As soon as any change whatsoever is made to your current plan, your plan will no longer be qualified under the bill’s “grandfathering provisions”, and you must either pay a tax to keep the plan you like, or switch to a government approved plan.
- Obamacare does not strengthen Medicare…it cuts $500 billion from Medicare, and uses that money to cover the cost of providing insurance to those currently uninsured. The $500 billion can be used either to strengthen Medicare, or to provide insurance to the uninsured, but not both.
- Obamacare does not cut health care costs. The mammoth taxes imposed on insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and medical device manufacturers alone will do nothing but raise the cost of health care. Don’t believe me? Will you believe the CBO or the OACT?
While you are listening to Ms. Sebelius’s fairy tale version of Obamacare, just remember the words of Dr. Donald Berwick, the newly appointed Director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do.
Young doctors and nurses should emerge from training understanding the value of standardization, and the risks of too great an emphasis on individual autonomy.
That, my friends is your future under Obamacare, and, no amount of “re-education” will change those facts.