Okay, it’s actually called the Kennedy bill, but it’s the realization of Obama’s insistence on the federal government forcing and funding mandatory health insurance. Keith Hennessey, in addition to giving links for you to read the bill yourself, explains the substantive parts of the bill, as well as the probable practical and economic effects the bill will have. As to the latter, here are just a few things Hennessey gives us to worry about:
- The government would mandate not only that you must buy health insurance, but what health insurance counts as “qualifying.”
- Health insurance premiums would rise as a result of the law, meaning lower wages.
- A government-appointed board would determine what items and services are “essential benefits” that your qualifying plan must cover.
- Those who keep themselves healthy would be subsidizing premiums for those with risky or unhealthy behaviors.
- The Secretaries of Treasury and HHS would have unlimited discretion to impose new taxes on individuals and employers who do not comply with the new mandates.
And while Hennessey points out the flaws in the bill, the Wall Street Journal explains all the false data and unsupported assumptions that drive the bill.
I have a different question. In 1994, when the Clinton’s first tried to created government health care, conservatives launched the brilliant Harry and Louise ad campaign. (To the extent Harry and Louise have returned, they’re now demanding nationalized health care, which is beyond scary.) Why haven’t I heard about a single ad initiative aimed at the average American to help him or her understand that there is a disaster in the making here? Is it because, with DVRs, people no longer watch commercials? If that’s the case, how in the world do we circumvent the Obama media and get solid information out to ordinary people?