Thursday, August 11, 2011

Amerling WSJ LTE On Mandates

The 8/11/2011 Wall Street Journal published this LTE by Dr. Richard Amerling of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) on the new mandated benefits under ObamaCare:
Where Will Pricey New Mandates End?

The federal government's announcement that it will require new health-insurance plans to offer contraceptive services without charging a co-payment ("Law Eases Availability of Birth Control," U.S. News, Aug. 2) should be chilling to all freedom-loving Americans. It is a vivid reminder of the dictatorial powers given the Department of Health and Human Services by ObamaCare.

Can anyone believe that private insurance companies will remain private, or solvent, under this law? Can anyone believe that such mandates will save money?

It is also now clear that the administration will use this new lever to implement social policy. With the stroke of a pen, taxpayers will now be directly subsidizing Planned Parenthood and others providing "contraceptive services."

Richard Amerling, M.D.
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
New York