Monday, April 5, 2010

The Downsides of Obama Healthcare "Reform"

The GLH Blog has tallied the many down-sides of the recently adopted health care law, under the banner Obama Sprinkled His Iowa Wealthcare Speech With Lies.

For example, Lie #1: "If people like their plan, they will keep their plan."

First, "Medicare Advantage" (the HMO version of Medicare) will face dramatic reductions in services because of funding cuts.

Second, "People With Mediocre Plans, which the corporate media call "Cadillac Care" (they must really, really hate Cadillacs) will face cutbacks in care, higher premiums, and higher copays when the excise taxes on those plans go into effect in 2018.

Then there is Lie #2: "The days of the insurance industry running roughshod over the American people are over."

First, The insurance companies and HMOs wrote this bill. It's filled with their loopholes.

Second, ever try to sue a health care company... while you're sick? Do you think government regulators are going to do the job for you? Think again.

And there are more:

Lie #3: "And so if you already have insurance, this reform will make it more secure and more affordable."

Lie #4: "And costs will come down for families, businesses, and the federal government, reducing our deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades."

Deception #5: "And I want seniors to know: despite what some have said, these reforms will not cut your guaranteed benefits."

Lies #6 & #7 in One Sentence:
"Once this reform is implemented, health insurance exchanges will be created, a competitive marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses will finally be able to purchase affordable, quality insurance."

Given the risk of the Palin wing of the Republican Party lurking in the shadows, seeking to overthrow Obama, some might bristle at a strategy of hammering on Obama's healthcare "reform." The GLH bogger sums up his view this way:

Politics isn't team sports. Policies have very real impacts on peoples' lives, and that has to be taken a lot more seriously than many blogs on the left are doing so far. We need to stop cheering on the donkeys vs. the elephants and pay attention to what's actually going on.



Godless Liberal Homo Blog, April 4, 2010.


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