Monday, September 14, 2009

Richman On Preexisting Conditions

The September 10, 2009 edition of the Christian Science Monitor carried this OpEd by Sheldon Richman, "Forcing insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions is immoral".

Here's an excerpt:
...Obama's plan to force insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions combined with his plan to force everyone to buy health insurance whether he or she wants it or not would impose an implicit tax on all policyholders in the form of insurance premiums that are higher than they would have been without the program. (Some would have opted out of insurance and paid nothing.) The rich would not be the only ones taxed, no matter what Obama says.

Implicit taxes are worse than open ones because people are unaware they are paying them. Therefore they would not know how much Obama's scheme truly costs. In a supposedly free and democratic society, that is just wrong. We should at least know how much government costs.

By relabeling welfare "insurance" and claiming that only the rich will pay for his plan, Obama misleads the American people when he talks about healthcare. This is strange coming from someone who insists on honesty from his opponents.
I'm glad to see this issue getting more coverage.