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House Democrats Unveil Plan to Bring Total Government Control Over American Health Care

Universal Health Care Government DemocratsLiberal House Democrats just unveiled the Medicare for All Act of 2019, a comprehensive bill to abolish virtually all private health plans—including employer-sponsored coverage—and impose total federal government control over Americans’ health care.

Despite its sweeping and detailed government control, as well as the imposition of huge but unknown costs, the 120-page bill has nonetheless initially attracted 106 Democrat co-sponsors, almost half of all Democrats in the House.

The legislation is profoundly authoritarian.

For example, Section 107 ensures that no American, regardless of their personal wants or medical needs, would be able to enroll in any alternative health plan that “duplicates” the government’s coverage.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the bill’s primary sponsor, is at least open about the bill’s intent: “The Medicare for All bill really makes it clear what we mean by ‘Medicare for All.’  We mean a system where there are no private insurance companies that provide these core comprehensive benefits.”

Under Section 201, Congress would decide the content of the health benefits package, what is and is not to be available in the new government health plan. The bill forbids cost sharing, a statutory prohibition guaranteed to induce demand and hike Americans’ overall health costs.

Americans would not be able simply to spend their own money for medical care from a doctor of their choice. Personal contracts between doctors and patients outside of the government plan would be tightly restricted. Under Section 301, “ … no charge will be made to any individual for any covered items or services than for payment authorized by this Act.”

Under Section 303, a provider “ … may not bill or enter into any private contract with any individual eligible for benefits under the Act for any item or service that is a benefit under this Act.”

Even private contracts for “non-covered” medical services require the doctor to report them to the health and human services secretary. Section 303 also stipulates that a private contract between a doctor and a patient for “covered” services would be permissible if and only if the doctor signs and files the affidavit with the secretary of HHS and refrains from submitting any claim for any person “enrolled under this Act” for two full years.

Altogether, these restrictions, layered atop the prohibition on private insurance coverage, would virtually eliminate private agreements between doctors and patients.

In practice, Americans could spend their own money on their own terms with just the very few doctors who could afford to see cash-paying patients entirely outside the system.

In most respects, the new House bill is broadly similar to Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., bill. Beyond creating a government monopoly of health insurance, it centralizes key health care decisions in the office of the secretary of HHS; establishes a national health budget; and it creates a temporary Medicare-style “public option” (along with subsidies for enrollees) in the moribund Obamacare exchanges.

Like Sanders’ bill, the House bill would also eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Obamacare exchange plans, and Tricare, the health program for military dependents. All of these beneficiaries would be absorbed into the new government plan; it would not be a matter of personal choice.

In striking contrast to the earlier version of the House “Medicare for All” bill, the new House bill contains no tax or funding provisions. This is a conspicuous omission. This is especially so because the House sponsors (under Section 204) also incorporate long-term care coverage, including nursing home and community-based care, into the basic benefit package. This coverage would likely be hugely expensive.

Recall that independent analysts from the Mercatus Center and the Urban Institute roughly agree that the true 10-year cost of Sanders’ similar plan would be approximately $32 trillion.

Ken Thorpe of Emory University, formerly an adviser to President Bill Clinton, estimates that the federal taxation needed to finance the Sanders’ plan would amount to an additional 20 percent tax on workers’ income, and more than 7 out of 10 working families would end up paying more for health care than they do today.

The federal spending and taxation needed to fund the new House bill would certainly be larger. Beyond the potential impact of the bill on the nation’s deficits and debt, independent analysts and economists will also focus laser-like on the size and impact of the new federal taxes on individuals and families at various income levels.

Simply taxing “the rich” will not cut it.

The House co-sponsors of the Medicare for All Act intend a rapid transformation of American health care.

Under Section 106 of the bill, they authorize the completion of this massive disruption of today’s public and private health insurance arrangements within just two years.

In the meantime, analysts at the Congressional Budget Office have a very big job to do.

They need to get on it. Now.

Let the debate begin.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Robert Moffit

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JudyG

This is ludicrous!!!! Just about the polls I’ve seen from various sources are opposed to this kind insanity. I love my doctors and FREEDOM to choose whom I shall see and whom I shall not see, when and where to be seen. Our government was not formed to dictate to us. If one goes back to originally WHY we formed a government, they would see the exact purpose of government. Democrats…MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS about “We the People” and if you don’t like it, create a new form of government someplace else, like California. They love all of you, will welcome and will bow to all your plans, taxes, free stuff, gun and immigration plans/policies.

Gloria Harris

Absolutely insane. Less government control. First women say the government cannot tell them what to do with their bodies but at the same time they want to tell everyone what to do with their healthcare. Last time I checked, healthcare is care of our bodies. Seriously no idea of the cost and how to pay for it. This is total insanity.

Jlp

The way I see it ….my first thought was we can’t afford this..we know who is going to foot the bill…I Still keep asking what is happening to this country ?
My spouse and I are on Medicare with our private insurance now secondary…
My second thought…no more Drs.for us …if there are any left.
Still believe there will be a civil war again…figure conservatives. ,4th Amendment believers…Constitution believers…Will win…since these insane people don’t believe in guns…and how many are in the NRA..?
My other thought..Sanders owns 3 homes..will these rich progressive liberals be willing to give up their stuff ..? I doubt it..
The insanity grows…

Stephen Russell

We just axed O Care last time,NO reruns BUT Dems like Reruns & Being stuck in the Past ( Al Shaprton) & lies etc.
No incenitves to improve HC IE MedTech, foods etc. More & More Govt,NO.

Bobby Romo

Strangers, congress, WILL NOT decide my physician and where. That is my choice. Particularly when congress has very good medical coverage. Maybe they should use theirs and get their heads checked.

drcarol6

The most horrific part of this is the robbing of independent thought and choice, literally treating humans like zoo animals, unable to care for themselves and totally dependent on “big brother” to make all decisions, at first, health care and down the road, everything! The very concept is dehumanizing and disrespectful but unfortunately, because people love to think they are getting something for nothing, it will appeal to the ignorant. This must be faced with force and derailed if we are to preserve our Constitutional rights, all of them!

Cal

We can thank Paul Ryan and the other Rino Republicans for resisting President Trump, giving the house back to the Democrats. Conservatives had better get their act together, grow a backbone if they want to save this country. The communist are past the door and are headed down the hall. God save America.

Cliff Chetwin

People need to understand that the desire to take complete control of the health system is only one part of the overall plan Democrat’s have for for the complete conversion of our representative Republic to a dictatorship under their “benign” and permanent rule. How half the population can support the destruction of the Constitution and what remains of our liberties is beyond my understanding. I am an old man now but served my country for 37 years; it saddens me greatly to know my efforts were in vain but perhaps the grace is that I probably won’t live long enough to see the final demise of the American Experiment.

Gail Coury

Insanity another socialist/communist idea! This is America and we the American people do not want this.

Edward MAshmann

Although it is a small piece of the pie I have not seen what sort of healthcare coverage our political representatives would have. The have a Cadillac plan now. I can picture them standing in line for hours waiting to be seen by the doctor on emergency room staff.

Dave

Has anybody taken into account the number of people employed by the health insurance industry, and thus the number of people that could lose jobs, and thus the economic impact? Many of those people have skill sets that would not be of value to other industries.

PaulE

The most consequential aspect of Medicare for All (single-payer) for those in our age bracket is the following paragraph: “Like Sanders’ bill, the House bill would also eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Obamacare exchange plans, and Tricare, the health program for military dependents. All of these beneficiaries would be absorbed into the new government plan; it would not be a matter of personal choice.” All these existing government programs MUST be completely eliminated and their funds diverted into this new single-payer scheme in order to provide an initial down payment to get the massive bureaucracy up and running. Note, I did NOT say get to get the doctors or hospitals on board, as this is NOT about healthcare. This is about government extending its power to control the population. Healthcare would be rationed to those that the government deems of… Read more »

Kevin

Just the beginning of socialism.

jon

Will the congress be covered by this plan ???
Will ALL government workers be covered by this plan??? including the President???

The plan is for ALL that means everyone, no exclusions.

Alex

Can anyone name one single thing that has been improved by government intervention? Can anyone name one single problem that politicians have solved?

Cotton

I would like to ask one question to the liberal Democrats that are proposing this socialist policy. Are you willing to not be exempt from this garbage?
I remember Obamacare that was passed with the majority Dems to turn around and exempt themselves. Our representatives (joke) could care less about us in the real world. Their there for one reason. Their on greed!
The love of money is the Root of all Evil!

dino

Just what we need more government.The two parties can’t agree on anything now and their infighting costs the taxpayer dearly.How do the liberal socialist democrats think that this will help AMERICANS,it won’t.What it will do is reward the “scuffs”that WON’T work,

Peter

Is this just another Democrat-sponsored “If you see a problem THROW MONEY AT IT..” (and it will go away..) Kind of rethinking that old converse philosophical aphorism “LACK of money is the root of all Evil..” Maybe I’m thinking too far outside the box.. but caring for “the many” comes at quite a cost… Besides doesn’t American Independence infer elements of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.. From the 1960’s wasn’t it these people who screamed out POWER TO THE PEOPLE.. Aren’t we relinquishing that power, liability AND ACHIEVEMENTS by placing our health related (intimate) decisions in the hands of government? For this reason I don’t see it as inhumane for those “with money” to question the rationale behind all these decisions.. Why do they belabor this point which never seems done out of wisdom but more out of “gut feeling”, impulse, passion, or mightn’t we say sentimentality (for the poor) or even… Read more »

Mike

Pure ass be first step to a Socialist/Nazi government control. The next civil war, which is EXACTLY what Obama and Soros want, IS on the horizon. It won’t be pretty because it will allow the Muslim countries of Minnesota and Michigan and the Communist countries of Commiefornia, Taxachusetts, New York and apparently Virginia, will suffer immensely.

Phyllis Williams

Will members of Congress be covered exclusively by the same plan?