President Barack Obama has made some attractive claims about what his health care reform would bring. But Sally Pipes, president & CEO of the Pacific Research Institute and author of The Top 10 Myths of American Health Care argues that the president’s reforms would cause just the opposite of his claims. “[Obama’s] marketing just doesn’t describe the product,” Pipes writes. Pipes debunks the all the major claims made by the president in his congressional speech.
Stability and security: Every Democratic plan would break this promise — and in multiple ways.
For starters, every bill would make everyone buy a plan that offers a government-designed benefits package. So, while they wouldn’t directly force people to shift plans, they’d force most employers to change what they offer their workers — and employer-provided coverage is the top way Americans get insurance.
Worse, the mandates would price many employers out of the insurance market — dumping their employees onto the government-provided backup, whether that’s the “public option” that liberals prefer or the “co-ops” being offered as a compromise. The Lewin Group has estimated that “reform” will push 119 million people out of their current coverage.
Pipes notes that the Democratic plans would raise money largely through looting GOP programs, including Medicare Advantage, which is popular with many older citizens. Medical Health Savings Accounts, which now meet the needs of a large segment of the population, would be severely curtailed.
And the biggest—er—misleader concerns insuring the uninsured:
[T]he bills don’t so much “cover” the rest of today’s uninsured as simply force them to buy a policy: Middle-class Americans would have to spend up to 12 percent of their income on insurance alone or face fines — that is, taxes — on penalty of jail.
If Pipes is right, the public is being treated to Orwellian debate of an issue that will affect each and every one of us. Her analysis is well worth reading. The conclusion:
“Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing,” [Obama] said in the speech before. “Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.”
In fact, this list of horrors is exactly what will happen if America is saddled with the plan Obama is pushing Congress to pass.
We’re talking big government shop of horrors.