Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ObamaCare's True Face

The June 14, 2010 New York Post features an OpEd by Scott Gottleib, "You're Losing Your Plan". As Gottleib notes, ObamaCare's true face is emerging. And it's all about government control over your insurance and your life.

Here's an excerpt:
Late last week saw the first leaks of the administration's draft regulations for implementing the ObamaCare law -- and everything is playing out just as the critics warned.

The 3,000-odd pages of legislation left most of the really important (and controversial) policy decisions to the regulations that government agencies were told to issue once the bill passed. Now that those regs are starting to take shape, it's clear that the Obama team is using its new power to exert tight control over the payment and delivery of all formerly "private" health insurance.

...Ultimately, these rules force consumers to buy one of just four health policies -- which vary mostly only by trading off higher co-payments for lower premiums, while offering essentially the same actual benefits. In arguing for passage of the law, ObamaCare's defenders claimed the rules were aimed at health plans sold in the "exchanges." Oops: Now Sebelius is applying them to employer plans. Eventually, this would force all but the very wealthiest Americans into a single government-designed insurance scheme.
(Read the full text of "You're Losing Your Plan". Link via @TOSJournal.)