Obama Health Bill Would Deny Right to
Use Own Money to Save Your Life
By Burke J. Balch, J.D.
On February 22, President Obama offered a new health care proposal,
based on but significantly altering the bill passed by the Senate
just before Christmas. The President’s proposal is more radical than
either the Senate bill or that passed by the House in limiting the
ability of all Americans, and especially senior citizens, to use
their own money to obtain health insurance less likely to ration
lifesaving medical treatment.
Obama’s February 22 proposal would end
older Americans’ current right to add their own money on top of the
government Medicare contribution to get such insurance, while
empowering state and federal government officials to limit what
could be spent on health insurance by Americans of any age.
It is as though a government, concerned
about the high cost of restaurant food, imposed a price limit of $5
per meal, and then asserted that for those who like their restaurant
food, nothing will force them to change their eating habits. The
reality, of course, is that restaurants would be unable to afford to
offer meals at prices below the cost of their ingredients.
Consequently, about all restaurant-goers would be able to get would
be fast food.
Similarly, when every premium increase
is subject to veto by government officials, it means that instead of
Americans making their own choices balancing the cost against the
benefit in evaluating competing insurance plans, that decision will
be taken out of their hands by bureaucrats whose principal duty is
to hold health care spending down. Denial of lifesaving diagnostic
tests and treatment would surely follow.
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