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Kill The Bill

Anyone who thinks there is any point in passing what is left of the “Health Care Reform Bill” in the Senate, either hasn’t really looked at the bill, or isn’t connected to the problem because they have good health insurance through their job, and don’t give a damn about the people the bill is supposedly helping.

First off, this bill does next to nothing until 2014. People are dying every day, but the bill writes off the 200k who will die from a lack of health care access between now and then.

All health insurance is funneled through the current insurance companies, and people will be mandated to buy it, or the IRS will levy fines on them.

The rules on rescission, stopping insurance companies from dropping coverage if you get sick, are exactly the same as the current rules that the companies use to cancel policies. The “fraud” loophole is the excuse that insurance companies now use, and it is in the Senate bill.

Insurance companies are still free to put a cap on coverage.

And the list goes on and on.

The real reason to stop this bill, is because it will funnel even more money to insurance companies. That money will be used to block any future improvements.

This bill provides no framework to build on in the future. The original Social Security and Medicare bills provided a foundation that was used to expand the programs. This bill offers no openings for improvement, and reinforces the status quo.

This bill has been created by a small group of people behind closed doors, and many groups with vital interests at stake were shut out from the process.

I have seen people claiming that this bill will result in more bankruptcies because of the costs. Sorry, but most of the people who will be financially crushed by this bill can’t afford to go bankrupt, which isn’t free. They will just go broke and join the homeless on the streets.

2 comments

1 hipparchia { 12.18.09 at 3:37 am }

… most of the people who will be financially crushed by this bill can’t afford to go bankrupt, which isn’t free. They will just go broke and join the homeless on the streets.

bingo.

2 Bryan { 12.18.09 at 11:10 am }

When someone talks about “bankruptcy”. they are signaling a class marker. They don’t understand the frustration inherent in making something “means tested” because they have never had to help someone work their way through the system to get food stamps, or deal with the Housing office for a Section 8 voucher, or deal with any of the processes associated with the “welfare” system.

I would be truly shocked to discover that anyone who supports this bill has ever tried to buy health insurance on their own.