This legislation is so flawed that it guarantees an accelerated increase in premiums over the dire projections of how costs would have increased if "we did nothing".
The contradictions of what they said they were going to do, and what thry are doing are just not insulting to one's intelligence, but diamettrically opposed to logic.
Suddenly, too much insurance is an evil thing! Too much insurance you say? There is no such thing as too much insurance! Too much insurance is called 'preventative care'! And everybody should have preventative care in order to bring down the costs of health care! Right?
Not so fast pilgrim!
The administration is sensitive to criticism the legislation does too little to trim growth of costs. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag says the 40% tax on high-cost, or "Cadillac," plans will encourage employers to look for more thrifty coverage and discourage unnecessary procedures. Cost is the reason for favoring this as well as the Medicare commission.
Mr. Obama said in an NPR interview Wednesday that Cadillac plans "don't make people healthier but just take more money out of their pockets because they're paying more for insurance than they need to."What?!?!?! Too much insurance is bad? Too much access to health care is bad? What means "thrifty" coverage!?!?
Can somebody please explain to me when a procedure is considered unnecessary and when a procedure is considered preventative care? Are you really falling for the lie about preventative care reducing costs? Where is that in this bill? I can't find it!
And, if the tax on those cadilac plans are such a moral imperative, then why give all the unions a pass on the tax? Should the government really encourage the unions to waste their money on those plans that don't make them any healthier and that just raise costs for the rest of us?
Start with the special tax carve-outs included in the "manager's amendment" that Harry Reid dropped Saturday morning. White House budget director Peter Orszag has claimed that the bill's 40% excise tax on high-cost insurance plans is key to reducing health costs. Yet the Senate Majority Leader's new version specifically exempts "individuals whose primary work is longshore work." That would be the longshoremen's union, which has negotiated very costly insurance benefits. The well-connected dock workers join other union interests such as miners, electrical linemen, EMTs, construction workers, some farmers, fishermen, foresters, early retirees and others who are absolved from this tax.
Puhlease!. Unless you are in a union, or unless you currently have no health care coverage, you are so screwed that you will rue this day!