In the U.S. Senate today, the health committee voted 13-10 along party lines to advance a horrific "tax and socialize" health care bill. Not only would this bill give the U.S. government unprecedented control over a socialized health care system, but it would also be one of the largest tax increases in American history.
It has been said that Democrats can't wait to get their hands into your pockets in order to take your money, but it usually turns out that whatever money they are able to grab from the American people, the reality is that they end up wanting to spend even more than that.
In fact, a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office reveals that the version of the "tax and socialize" health care bill being pushed in the House of Representatives would cause federal deficits to go through the roof.
The CBO report estimates that the 10 year increase in federal deficits from the health care bill would be just over 1 trillion dollars:
"On a preliminary basis ... the proposal's provisions affecting health insurance coverage would result in a net increase in federal deficits of $1,042 billion for fiscal years 2010 through 2019."
Not only would it send federal deficits soaring, but the "tax and socialize" plan being pushed by Democrats also has these wonderful features:
*It would REQUIRE all Americans to buy health insurance. Americans who refuse to buy health insurance will be hit with heavy fines of more than $1,000. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that these draconian fines will raise around 36 billion dollars over 10 years.
*It would create a government-run insurance program to compete with private health insurance.
*It would implement 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.
Republican Representative Roy Blunt from Missouri summed it up when he said this about the bill: "What we really have here is a bill that, without any question, will kill jobs, will limit access to health care, will raise taxes and will lead to a government takeover of health care."
When many Americans hear the words "health care reform" they seem to think that they will be getting free health care.
But that is not the case at all.
Instead, it is going to mean that they are forced to buy health insurance, it is going to mean that the U.S. government will control their health decisions and it is even going to mean that the U.S. government is going to decide who lives and who dies.
Health care run by the government also means mandatory vaccinations. The CDC is now saying that the U.S. may need 600 million doses of swine flu vaccine in order to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the United States this fall.
In the future, if your national health record shows that you have not taken the mandatory vaccines, then you will not be able to get any more health care until you do.
But there are even more frightening health care changes that the Congress passed earlier this year.
The truth is that the Democrats inserted provisions into one of the economic "stimulus" bills that gave the federal government COMPLETE control over your health care under a nationalized health care plan.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as "the economic stimulus bill" contained almost all of the key elements of Tom Daschle's ideal nationalized health care system that he outlined in his 2008 book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.
In his book, Daschle wrote that doctors will have to “learn to operate less like solo practitioners” and be willing to accept mandatory government controls and guidelines.
And guess what?
That is precisely what that bill now forces doctors to do.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created a brand new bureaucracy called the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. This new government organization will monitor all medical treatments to make sure that your doctor is prescribing the exact drugs and medical treatments that the U.S. government believes are "appropriate" and "cost effective".
So much for medical freedom, eh?
The bill also radically changed the way that the health care system treats the elderly.
Currently, Medicare pays for medical treatments for the elderly that are considered to be safe and effective.
But that has all changed.
Now, a cost effectiveness standard set by a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research will apply.
So now if the U.S. government officials decide that it isn't cost effective for your mother to get cancer treatment she will be out of luck.
In her recent editorial, Betsy McCaughey described Daschle's attitude towards the elderly in his book:
He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
She also goes on to describe how this new "council" would actually make choices to deny health care to elderly patients if they don't have enough "productive" years left:
The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.
Do you understand what that means?
It means that now the United States government decides who lives and who dies.
But most Americans seem tickled pink that they are about to get the "free health care" that Obama supposedly promised them. Instead, they are going to find out that they are going to be forced to pay for mandatory health care, that their health care decisions are now totally controlled by the federal government and that many of them have just been hit with crushing tax increases in order to pay for it all.