Thursday, July 16, 2009

Psst! Health care "reform" would make private health insurance illegal. Pass it on.

So apparently, the language of the House health care "reform" bill makes it a crime to buy private health insurance other than the care you have the day the bill becomes law (if it becomes law).
Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal. ... The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.

So if you switch jobs, for example, you would be legally forbidden to buy non-governmental health insurance. Same if you decided to start your own business and buy private insurance.

BIG problem. Exactly what we opponents of this kind of health care "reform" have been claiming would be the result of government-run health care. Exactly what the supporters of this kind of health care "reform" denied (dishonestly or naively, so it seems) would be the case with government-run health care.

I can't say it better than the authors of the article do:
A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn't be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans' lives.

It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It's scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we'll come across in the final 1,002.

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