Our future under Obamacare

It did not take long in my review of the House version of Obamacare released on Thursday to get a picture of what our future health care will be like.  The only real surprise is that the picture was revealed so early in the 1990 page proposed legislation.

At page 16, Section 101, the legislation would create a National High-Risk Pool Program beginning January 1, 2010.  With certain exceptions, any resident (no mention of citizenship, just residency) of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (page 19) who has been denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition is eligible to apply.  The program will last through 2012 (when the public option and the insurance exchanges are set to begin), and will be funded for this period by $5 billion.

Two things are interesting about the program.  Subsection (g)(2) provides that the deductible shall be no higher than $1500 and the annual out of pocket cost sharing shall be no higher than $5000.  That is expensive coverage, and should those standards be applied in order to deem your insurance a “qualified plan”, you will see your premiums rise higher than what I explained in an earlier post.

But what follows is the real shocker.  Subsection (h)(2) at page 25 provides:

If the Secretary estimates for any fiscal year that the aggregate amounts available for payment of expenses of the high-risk pool will be less than the amount of the expenses, the Secretary shall make such adjustments as are necessary to eliminate such deficit including reducing benefits, increasing premiums or establishing wait lists.  [emphasis supplied]

What that tells me is that in the minds of those drafting Obamacare, the folks who need the most medical care due to their physical condition will be the first to be thrown under the bus.

I’m beginning to understand how Obamacare can claim that it will insure millions of more Americans while lowering costs at the same time.  It will simply reduce benefits, increase taxes, and establish wait lists.

Now, why didn’t I think of that?

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Dimsdale on October 31, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Whaaaaat!?  You mean they plan to do all the "horrible" and "draconian" things that the private insurance companies are doing to control costs?  So it is just a power grab by the politicians?


    I'm shocked!  Shocked, I tell you!


    Canada, here we come!

  2. Anne-EH on October 31, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, on this Halloween night, this is so SUREAL!

  3. donh on November 1, 2009 at 12:31 am

    The total number of pages being 1990 is numerically significant.? 1+13+37+73+121+181+253+337+433+541=1990 .?1990 is the sum of?the first 10 star of david numbers.? Each number represents one of the 10 plagues of Egypt when the number is converted into hebrew. It is a sign from God that Nancy Pilosi’s healthcare bill is an Abomination that will bring a scorge upon this country for years to come. Roe Vs Wade was?nothing compared to the evils that will grow out of this bill with regard to respect for life issues.?HR3962 bill not only?violates? the constitution?, it breaks ?all ten? Commandments. ?

  4. ali-t on November 1, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Not only is it "not your money" anymore, it's "not your healthcare" "not your car company"  "not your bank" "not your school" "not your energy" "not your food choices" …. it all belongs to the politburo… sorry folks, but this is not America anymore, Land of the Free…. it's the Home of the Slave.

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