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Report: Effective Health Care Bill Would Cost $4 Trillion

j0399294Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a 10-page analysis of the Kennedy Affordable Health Choices Act which found it would cost at least $1 trillion to reduce the number of uninsured by only 16-17 million people.

That’s a whole lot of money to reduce the number of uninsured by a relatively small number of people…many of whom many not even want or need insurance due to youth, personal wealth or other reasons.  No wonder the White House is now backing away from the Kennedy bill like they just smelled something bad.  Ironically, even the fantastically expensive Kennedy plan doesn’t provide all that President Obama was seeking.

Now we learn via the American Spectator that the consulting group Health Systems Innovations Network has performed an analysis based on assumptions that might actually accomplish something (in the direction socialist want to go, at least).

Their report estimates the full cost of a plan that included subsidies and Medicaid expansion and reduces the number of uninsured by 99% would cost…better sit down…$4 trillion dollars over 10 years.

Can you imagine what a monstrosity would do to your taxes?

As it stands, the Kennedy bill would devastate the health insurance market as we currently know it.  CNS News states it would mean the loss of private insurance for 23 million Americans.

Though Obama and fellow Democrats are trying hard, there is no way to sugar coat this turd of a plan.  I’m sorry for the vulgarity, but there is simply no way for me to sugar coat what a stinky, foul idea this is to further socialize our health care system.

Socialized medicine never works where ever it is tried, be it EnglandCanada, SwedenMassachussetts, or anywhere else.  Socialist schemes are costly, explode tax rates, are inefficient, result in rationing, run counter to human nature, and–perhaps most importantly for Americans—run completely counter to the U.S. Constitution and all the principles of Americanism.

We must run as fast as we can from socialist ideas and toward the free-market ideas that made ours the greatest nation and the most powerful economy on earth.  We must move toward solutions that foster more–not less–consumer involvement in the process.  Only when consumers are intimately involved in making decisions about practices, procedures, and the value of goods and services will the cost of health care go down.

The American people simply must tell their leaders in Washington that they do not want to be strangled and burdened with this abomination.  The American people must speak out against this as they did when the Clintons tried and failed to socialize our health care system in 1994, and–as they did in 1994–make it clear to these politicians that they will be held accountable for assaults on the American people at the ballot box.


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2 Responses to “Report: Effective Health Care Bill Would Cost $4 Trillion”

  1. Four trillion dollars is a staggering figure to be sure but history tells us that all estimates of government programs fall well short of the actual costs. But even more importantly, what can we expect for all this money? Many Americans imagine that their every want and need will be satisfied immediately by simply strolling in to their favorite doctors office, being attended to promptly and leaving completely satisfied with nothing more than a “thanks” (if that) in payment.

    The truth is much different as we have seen in virtually every country that has tried to provide medical care on demand for “free:” long waits, long lines, surly doctors and nurses, denied referrals and procedures, government approved treatments and therapies intended to reduce costs not to provide proper care, drug rationing, and on and on.

    Most onerous, by far, will be the government intrusion in our lives for the sake of reducing medical costs. Every human behavior will be scrutinized as to what its effect on health care cast might be and will be forbidden or regulated for the good of all. No aspect of our lives will be exempt and if the bureaucrats determine that you might cost the system money then your benefits could be denied. We are seeing exactly this occurring in Great Britain with overweight persons being denied hip and knee surgeries and even cardiac bypass. Even if some people live exemplary lives and avoid health problems related to their behavior, just getting old will be grounds for denying services. Many surgeries and therapies are denied to the elderly (over 70) in Canada and Great Britain because the government has determined that the cost of care does not justify the years gained for citizens that no longer contribute sufficiently to the government coffers.

    If Americans fall for this scam we can forget the Constitution. Government will take control of our lives and the fruits of our labor and we will have little recourse. That is why the Second Amendment must be eliminated by the Left and why some of us feel so strongly that we must resist.

  2. Four trillion dollars is a staggering figure to be sure but history tells us that all estimates of government programs fall well short of the actual costs. But even more importantly, what can we expect for all this money? Many Americans imagine that their every want and need will be satisfied immediately by simply strolling in to their favorite doctors office, being attended to promptly and leaving completely satisfied with nothing more than a “thanks” (if that) in payment.

    The truth is much different as we have seen in virtually every country that has tried to provide medical care on demand for “free:” long waits, long lines, surly doctors and nurses, denied referrals and procedures, government approved treatments and therapies intended to reduce costs not to provide proper care, drug rationing, and on and on.

    Most onerous, by far, will be the government intrusion in our lives for the sake of reducing medical costs. Every human behavior will be scrutinized as to what its effect on health care cast might be and will be forbidden or regulated for the good of all. No aspect of our lives will be exempt and if the bureaucrats determine that you might cost the system money then your benefits could be denied. We are seeing exactly this occurring in Great Britain with overweight persons being denied hip and knee surgeries and even cardiac bypass. Even if some people live exemplary lives and avoid health problems related to their behavior, just getting old will be grounds for denying services. Many surgeries and therapies are denied to the elderly (over 70) in Canada and Great Britain because the government has determined that the cost of care does not justify the years gained for citizens that no longer contribute sufficiently to the government coffers.

    If Americans fall for this scam we can forget the Constitution. Government will take control of our lives and the fruits of our labor and we will have little recourse. That is why the Second Amendment must be eliminated by the Left and why some of us feel so strongly that we must resist.