John on February 24, 2010 at 8:30 am
Found this in an opinion column for the Chicago Tribune by Dennis Byrne:
Pages 25 and 26 of the House version of the health care bill require that when expenses exceed revenues for the “temporary” National High-Risk Pool Program, the secretary of health and human services by herself will “make such adjustments as are necessary to eliminate such deficit, including reducing benefits, increasing premiums or establishing waiting lists.”
That’s worth repeating: The secretary of health and human services will single-handedly set premium rates, reduce benefits or create waiting lists for services for the most endangered patients. “Anybody who says to you this is not a step to bureaucratic control of America hasn’t read the bill or is telling you a lie,” Gingrich said. “The fact is these bills, these 4,500 pages, were among the worst legislation to leave the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate.”
Btw, reducing benefits and creating waiting lists are forms of rationing, government orchestrated rationing in this case. Given all the President’s protestations that “rationing” was nothing more than a scare tactic by the bill’s opponents, we might ask why the bill itself contains provisions for such rationing. You don’t prepare for something that will never happen, do you?
Like all his other promises, the President’s repeated assurances that Canadian style health care rationing is not in the cards for America have passed their expiration date.
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