The legislation bandied about by the Dems will require, -force-, people to buy in health insurance.
Senior House Democrats drafting health care legislation are considering slapping an unspecified financial penalty on anyone who refuses to purchase affordable health insurance, a key committee chairman said Monday.
Plus, they want to add more taxes in order to pay for the healthcare they want to provide to the uninsured:
I’m all for providing care to people who need it, and can’t afford it, but there has to be a better way than by forcing the rest of us into buying it, and taxing us on top of that.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s health committee drafted a bill that would require employers to offer health care to employees or pay a penalty and would require everyone to purchase insurance. In addition, private companies would have to compete with a new, government-sponsored, health care plan.
First of all, the government shouldn’t be forcing people to buy health insurance. Secondly, they shouldn’t be forcing employers to provide health care. Let’s see, the postal service is about $2 billion in the red, they can’t figure out how to fix social security, and Medicaid coverage has been bad for many years. And how are they going to pay for this additional social program? TAXES. Why should I be forced to pay for health insurance for those who continue to eat at McDonald’s three times a day? I’m being taxed to death as it is.
Instead, we should be allowed to pick a choose our own health insurance. Just like I can pick a choose my cell phone service provider, cable TV and internet provider, life insurance, home insurance, car insurance, credit cards, and bank services, I want to be able to pick my own health insurance provider. Competition would increase and prices would decrease, I’d keep more of my money from my paycheck.
As mentioned in DailyKos:
If telcos are presented with a warrant, they are legally required to participate in the program. They don’t get to refuse to cooperate when presented with a warrant. Another canard from the administration.
Those warrants can be obtained–even without the administration filing paperwork until after the fact–from the FISC with little fuss.
So why all this “fighting” over telecom immunity. Why not just go through the FISA courts as it was meant to be? Maybe it’s to keep our mind off of the failing economy? Maybe to keep us preoccupied, so that we don’t see how it’s going in Iraq and Afghanistan?
The same thing goes for the Steroids, H.G.H (Human Growth Hormone) hearings in Congress,with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte. Who gives a shit if they’ve taken the stuff? You must be blind to think that Barry Bonds hasn’t. Same goes for guys like Lenny Dykstra and Mark McGuire. You don’t become a muscle-head overnight without taking something. I don’t need Congress to tell me that.
Why are they wasting their time and our money with these hearings? Don’t they know that we’re looking at (if not already in) a recession? Don’t they know there’s a war going on? Don’t they know the Taliban are back? Don’t they know Social Security and Medicare are financially unstable social programs? What about border security? What about our failing energy policies? what about the falling dollar?
Pat Buchanan opines on the problems facing America today.