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AP Says Bill Makes Health Care A Right

From an ecstatic Associated Press:

House bill would make health care a right

By Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president’s goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.

"We cannot allow this issue to be delayed. We cannot put it off again," Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, said Tuesday. "We, quite frankly, cannot go home for a recess unless the House and the Senate both pass bills to reform and restructure our health care system."

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wanted floor debate to begin a week from Monday. With the Senate Finance Committee still struggling to reach consensus, that timetable could slip. Even so, it underscored a renewed sense of urgency.

Obama himself was driving the action, going off-script to push the issue during a speech in Michigan and scheduling a Rose Garden news conference for Wednesday to make more comments on the topic.

"There’s going to be a major debate over the next three weeks," Obama said in Warren, Mich., deviating from his prepared text on new spending for community colleges. "And don’t be fooled by folks trying to scare you saying we can’t change the health care system. We have no choice but to change the health care system because right now it’s broken for too many Americans."

Obama’s political organization is launching a series of 30-second television ads on health care, which will begin airing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and on cable TV nationally. A version will run on local stations in eight states — Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska and Ohio — to prod senators to back the health care effort. They will run for two weeks.

In the ads, private citizens describe problems they’ve had with the medical system and say it’s time for action. The sponsor is Organizing for America, Obama’s campaign organization, which has become part of the national Democratic Party. The group would not reveal the cost.

All involved were mindful of the dwindling days before Congress leaves town. Obama wants legislation through the House and Senate before then to slow rising costs and extend coverage to some 50 million uninsured Americans.

Under the House Democrats’ plan, the federal government would be responsible for ensuring that every person, regardless of income or the state of their health, has access to an affordable insurance plan. Individuals and employers would have new obligations to get coverage, or face hefty penalties.

The legislation calls for a 5.4 percent tax increase on individuals making more than $1 million a year, with a gradual tax beginning at $280,000 for individuals. Employers who don’t provide coverage would be hit with a penalty equal to 8 percent of workers’ wages, with an exemption for small businesses. Individuals who decline an offer of affordable coverage would pay 2.5 percent of their incomes as a penalty, up to the average cost of a health insurance plan.

The liberal-leaning plan lacked figures on total costs, but a House Democratic aide said the total bill would add up to about $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private calculations.

Three House committees will begin voting on the bill Thursday. Changes in the legislation are likely to satisfy a group of moderate and conservative Democrats who are withholding support…

Note that no where in the article is anyone quoted as saying that this health bill will make health care a right.

That headline is simply the Associated Press trying to sell the plan to their (unfortunate) readers.

And how ludicrous it is to call this a ‘right’:

Individuals and employers would have new obligations to get coverage, or face hefty penalties…

Individuals who decline an offer of affordable coverage would pay 2.5 percent of their incomes as a penalty, up to the average cost of a health insurance plan. 

It sounds like a new burdensome obligation to us, rather than a new right.

The Associated Press must also view paying income tax as a ‘right.’

But what are words?

The AP has must put over its Democrat masters’ agenda, and they will say anything to try to accomplish that.

"And don’t be fooled by folks trying to scare you saying we can’t change the health care system. We have no choice but to change the health care system because right now it’s broken for too many Americans."

Exactly who is scaring whom, Mr. Obama?

It seems to us that, once again, there is a lot of ‘bamboozling’ and ‘hoodwinking’ going on.

And it is coming from Mr. Obama and his propagandists, including his “Organizing For America” brown shirts and the eager volunteers in our watchdog media.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP Says Bill Makes Health Care A Right”

  1. BillK says:

    From a breathless AP:

    House health plan would tax the rich, require employers and individuals to get health coverage

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Erica Werner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a far-reaching $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans, with medical providers, employers and the wealthiest picking up most of the tab…

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_CARE_OVERHAUL

    Who, prey tell, is going to provide this care, given the huge number of physician’s offices and hospitals that will close or be forced out of business as their costs exceed the payments the new Federal plan pays?

    Recall one reason costs are already so high is that Medicare payments don’t come anywhere close to even covering the costs for procedures, let alone allow practices to make enough profit to keep their lights on; the loss has to be made up somewhere.

    So yes, Waxman is absolutely right – we never did think we’d see the destruction of the American medical system in our lifetimes.

    I wish someone would have the guts to mandate that Congress be forced into the same medical plan they’re forcing everyone else into and be forced to see the same physicians.

    The President continues to reflect his complete lack of understanding of economics as well:

    But backers of a public plan – including Obama – say it would provide healthy competition for the insurance industry.

    Hmmm, “competition” paid for by stealing money from the business you’re competing against.

    Funny, when Organized Crime did that it was somehow “bad.”

    Of course anything we or any Republican has to say about it is just a masturbatory exercise anyway, given we don’t have the votes to stop anything the Democrats propose, and no Democrat will dare vote against the Chosen One’s wishes.

    You’ve also got to love the extreme backloading of costs, so the really big tax increases won’t come until Obama is well into his second term.

    That’s when the rationing will have to start.

  2. proreason says:

    “In the ads, private citizens describe problems they’ve had with the medical system and say it’s time for action”

    and how on earth does anybody in their right mind believe that the government will fix those “problems”.

    Oh, I forgot, the “problems” they want fixed is the fact they have to PAY for health insurance.

    And the fix is for YOU to pay for it instead.

  3. pdsand says:

    All this talk about “reforming our broken health care system” makes it sounds like there is currently a national health care system, and all we’re doing is changing a few of the laws that currently regulate it.

  4. David says:

    Congress bestowing “rights”… If only our founding fathers had said somewhere that the government does not create rights but rather rights are the unalienable gift from our Creator and that the government serves only to secure those rights according to the consent of the governed. If only…


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