Archive for March 24th, 2010

You wanna know why this man is smiling? He just signed a bill that gives unprecedented power to the Federal Government over the lives and health of the American people while exempting himself and his friends from being forced to participate in it. It’s a pretty sweet deal, if you know what I mean.

Here’s how it works: The new legislation exempts the President, his cabinet, and special congressional staff members, from participating in the new government-run plan so that they can continue to have their own private plan which provides full coverage without any of the restrictions or limitations the rest of us will have to endure — you knew about this, right?

Connie Hair gives us the skinny:

President Barack Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law yesterday that will exempt the President, his cabinet secretaries and special congressional staff members from participation in the new government-run health care “exchanges.”

Rank-and-file House and Senate staffers will be forced out of the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) and into the restricted federal health insurance exchanges, but not the leadership or committee congressional staff or the federal civil service bureaucrats who will be making your health care decisions for you. . . .

The bill was amended behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back in December to exclude all congressional committee and leadership staff from the horrors of the health care “exchange.” The President, Vice-President, cabinet members, thousands of Obama administration staff and an unknown number of czars will all remain in the FEHBP. . .

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) attempted to offer a floor amendment in December that would have nullified Reid’s covert carve-out, but Reid blocked a vote on the amendment. . . .

Grassley said the motivation for his amendments is simple: public officials who make the laws or lead efforts to have laws changed should live under those laws.

“It’s only fair and logical that top administration officials, who fought so hard for passage of this overhaul of America’s health care system, experience it themselves,” Grassley said. “If it’s as good as promised, they’ll know it first-hand. If there are problems, they’ll be able to really understand them, as they should.”

Right, but having to suffer the consequences of their horrifically stupid laws is not why our new “compassionate” politicians are in this business. They love to try political experiments on the rest of us but only after they first make sure that if things go wrong, they are completely protected from any harmful consequences.

This is what passes for “courageous leadership” in Washington.

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If you’ve been reading the critiques of the monstrous legislative disaster that occurred Sunday night, it’s time to consider a positive alternative and I’m happy to pass along Ann Coulter’s suggestion “My Healthcare Plan.”

Here, Ms. Coulter presents an idea that most modern politicians apparently have never heard of: why not let the market determine insurance premiums? Now there’s something fresh and new, eh? It’s outstanding for its simplicity, clarity, and efficiency — not to mention the fact that it will actually work!

Which of course insures that no one in Washington would ever take it seriously.

Here’s Ann’s plan (I thought about just summarizing it, but it’s too good not to read in full):

“Liberals keep complaining that Republicans don’t have a plan for reforming health care in America. I have a plan!

It’s a one-page bill creating a free market in health insurance. Let’s all pause here for a moment so liberals can Google the term “free market.”

Nearly every problem with health care in this country — apart from trial lawyers and out-of-date magazines in doctors’ waiting rooms — would be solved by my plan.

In the first sentence, Congress will amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act to allow interstate competition in health insurance.

We can’t have a free market in health insurance until Congress eliminates the antitrust exemption protecting health insurance companies from competition. If Democrats really wanted to punish insurance companies, which they manifestly do not, they’d make insurers compete.

The very next sentence of my bill provides that the exclusive regulator of insurance companies will be the state where the company’s home office is. Every insurance company in the country would incorporate in the state with the fewest government mandates, just as most corporations are based in Delaware today.

That’s the only way to bypass idiotic state mandates, requiring all insurance plans offered in the state to cover, for example, the Zone Diet, sex-change operations, and whatever it is that poor Heidi Montag has done to herself this week.

President Obama says we need national health care because Natoma Canfield of Ohio had to drop her insurance when she couldn’t afford the $6,700 premiums, and now she’s got cancer.

Much as I admire Obama’s use of terminally ill human beings as political props, let me point out here that perhaps Natoma could have afforded insurance had she not been required by Ohio’s state insurance mandates to purchase a plan that covers infertility treatments and unlimited OB/GYN visits, among other things.

It sounds like Natoma could have used a plan that covered only the basics — you know, things like cancer. (more…)

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