for All Has Become Punishment for All
By Elizabeth Lee
In the 2008 presidential campaign, we heard healthcare in
this country is “broken” and must be “reformed.” We heard
“healthcare reform” would be the signature piece of an Obama
Presidency. We were promised no new taxes on anyone earning less
than $250,000 per year. We heard promises of transparency in
government. We heard promises of a White House that would listen to
all. Now that President Obama and a Democratic majority are in
office, what have we gotten?
proposals have become a massive power grab to control your money,
your health options, your businesses, your liberty, and ultimately
your life. It is not about insuring the poor. We already have
Medicaid to cover the poor.
Democratic majority is doing to healthcare in this country is a
crime. Punishment won’t fall on Congress and the President, who are
excluded from the healthcare proposals. Punishment falls on the
American people, especially the elderly.
Word of a new
“stealth” strategy to ram healthcare “reform” through the Senate
raises even more cause for alarm and adds to the crime of this
massive power grab. The plan appears to be for Senator Majority
Leader Reid to merge the two Senate bills that have passed out of
committee, and attach them as an amendment to a House TARP bill,
already passed by the House but curiously gathering dust in the
Senate. Once the Senate votes on this “TARP” bill with the
healthcare amendment tucked neatly inside, the healthcare punishment
is a “done deal” without further debate. Such an abuse of power and
due process would be an unforgiveable crime against the American
people, perpetrated by the very people elected to represent us.
“health insurance for all,” the House and Senate healthcare bills
have become punishment for all.
Here is the list of Americans who face the healthcare
Punishment for the sick.
Those who have medical expenses each year will no longer be able
to deduct those expenses on taxes until the expenses reach 10%
of adjusted gross income (AGI). The current deduction is set at
expenses above 7.5% of AGI, so the Senate plan now ADDS a 2.5%
tax on those who are already paying out of pocket for medical
expenses. Clearly, if someone is spending more than 7.5% on
medical costs, that person is ill. The Senate bill makes the
sick even sicker from the stress of having to pay more taxes!
Punishment for the elderly.
cuts of 404 BILLION is the latest figure released by the Senate;
earlier the White House budget office said $500 Billion – more
than a full year’s Medicare budget – would have to be cut from
Medicare. How can anyone begin to think these cuts will not
penalize the elderly by delaying, rationing, or denying
Punishment for young people.
Young healthy people who do not buy government mandated
insurance will be punished in the form of a
excise tax –
reported amounts have been from $1900 to $3800 per person.
Punishment for anyone not paying the excise tax.
The IRS fine for non-payment of tax can be $25,000 and a year in
jail. So those who are punished by the new tax risk being
accused of a tax crime if they don’t buy government-mandated
insurance and who don’t pay the penalty tax.
Punishment for insurance companies.
Companies providing “generous health insurance plans” will be
hit with a 35% tax.
Punishment for consumers who buy
health insurance policies, as the tax on insurance companies is
passed on to purchasers.
Punishment for those who buy their own health insurance…a
new 40% tax. Does it really make sense to punish the
responsible people who take care of their own healthcare bills?
Punishment for low income seniors, Hispanics, and Blacks
will lose their Medicare Advantage program under the new
Punishment for those with Health Savings Accounts
– HSAs will
Punishment for specialists who serve mainly elderly patients,
such as cardiologists and oncologists.
specialists are slated to have their reimbursements for services
slashed by 44% under the Senate bill.
Punishment for medical device
makers in the form of new taxes (a tax that will be passed on to
Punishment for all doctors,
who are required to purchase expensive new computer systems and
software to convert to Electronic Medical Records to meet the
2014 mandates in the Stimulus Bill.
Punishment for those who value their medical privacy.
Stimulus Bill requires all physicians, beginning in 2014, to
send patients’ medical records directly to the federal health
czar without further permission from patients.
Punishment for all 50 State governments.
running at a deficit with the recession, State governments face
catastrophic increases in costs with Medicaid costs being
shifted to them by the Federal government under the new
Punishment for everyone,
due to Speaker Pelosi’s proposal for a National Sales Tax (also
called a VAT) to pay for healthcare reform. This new tax would
hit everyone hard in a recession, and would be on TOP of
existing state and local sales taxes.
Punishments for all.
is, except the exempted elite: members of Congress, the
President and his family, trial lawyers, and Unions (SEIU,
AFL-CIO, and others). The exempted elite retain their private
care while becoming the very ones who force more taxes,
penalties, higher costs as punishment on the rest of us.
This reminds me
of the Soviet Union when I visited there in 1974 and 1975. The
Soviet ruling elite were the only ones with cars, comfortable
apartments…and access to the best healthcare.
I understand at
a personal and professional level the perils of government-run
healthcare. I have patients in my practice who have come many
countries with government run healthcare that doesn’t address
women’s unique health needs. I live in a state with a large Native
American population, whose healthcare under the Indian Health
Service, run by the federal government, has been abysmal. I have
personally had an emergency hospitalization in England. I am
walking today because I had the best spine surgery care in the world
at Johns Hopkins. If I had lived in Britain, or Canada, or Europe
and had to wait for MRIs and surgery, I would be paralyzed from the
I will never
agree that nationalized healthcare
anywhere provides better
quality of care than we have in the United States. I am not alone.
Recent polls by different organizations have found that 80-90% of
M.D.s and D.O.s oppose government-controlled healthcare.
Don’t be fooled
by the American Medical Associations endorsement of Obamacare. Only
17% of practicing physicians actually belong to the AMA. Last week’s
“white coat” photo op at the White House was a carefully selected
group of 2008 campaign donors “Doctors for Obama.” They were NOT
anymore representative of practicing physicians across this country
than the AMA.
people should be even more alarmed by a recent Investors Business
Daily poll: 45% of doctors who responded said they would retire or
resign from medicine rather than practice medicine under government
control. Who will take care of patients then?
healthcare plans are the most massive transfer of power to the
executive branch of government that has ever occurred or has even
been contemplated. This concentration of power in the executive
branch violates the Constitutional requirement for balance of power,
and for separation of powers among the Executive, Legislative, and
Judicial branches of government.
against the American people is far worse than the Stamp Act levied
by King George. That was the final straw that set off the
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