The Obama regime has ordered insurance companies to start providing Birth Control medications as a part of health insurance plans, regardless of the religious beliefs of the companies that run the health insurance programs or the employer that provides the program.
This story is getting a lot of press on the religious freedom. There is another story here, even more important.
What is it?
Do you remember the battle over Obamacare in 2010? Obama was out pushing Obamacare. We all know if Obama’s lips are moving he is lying but he told one of his biggest lies in support of Obamacare. He said, if you like your own private insurance, you will be able to keep it. He said that private insurance would be an option along with Obamacare.
Obama and his socialist allies have always wanted a nationalized single payer health care system. They cannot have private insurance competing with it because private insurance will always do better than the government model.
So what is Obama doing?
The edict from the Obama regime that directs the health plans to include birth control says it must be done at no out of pocket expense.
So if there is no out of pocket expense, what is the insurance company going to do?
It must include the cost in the premiums it charges. Birth control is not the only thing that insurance companies are being forced to cover under the new law. They are being force to keep children on their parents insurance until age 26 and are now being forced to cover preexisting conditions.
What is the end result? Private health insurance is becoming much more expensive and harder for Americans to afford.
Right now, the Department of Health and Human Services has the power to review rate increases of more than 10% a year to determine if they are “reasonable.” While HHS can review those rate increases now, in 2014, they will have the power to regulate those rate increases. Starting in 2014, both state and federal regulators will have the power to impose sanctions when companies make rate increases that the bureaucrats consider “excessive.”
So what will happen in 2014? Most of the health insurance companies will go out of business. The so-called death panels are already being assembled. They are not called death panels, but ethics review.
I was talking with someone in the medical profession this week. He told me that right now, they are already preparing for an ethics review for medical care for anyone over 70 and the presumption will be they only get “comfort care,” not life saving care. That is, unless the ethics committee says otherwise.
If you have a 71 year old patient in the ER with a treatable emergency condition at 2 AM, where are you going to find the “ethics committee” to decide if they get treatment?
The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of Obamacare this summer. It is scary to think so much of the future of this country will be decided by nine unelected men and woman.
We must make sure that if Obamacare is declared Constitutional, the next Congress repeals this terrible bill.
This is abuse of governmental power. BH Obama has overstepped this power as given by the US Constitution.
And NoBody will act on it. It's a perfect storm for the Progressives.
SAVE ME Debrajoe, I,m already there. Mitt and Rick and Ron Paul. No way. We also need to get rid of John and Mitch.. Newts only one going to save me from sure death. No fear, They will have to pry my gun from my hands.
Trust in Nancy when she says its all in the details of the bill. Just will take acouple years to get it in there Hang in there Debrajoe, appreciate your daily tid-bits.
Jeez, I'm just 4 years away from being subject to the death panels. I'd best start planning my suicide. At least that way I wouldn't have to wonder what the death panel would say.
Bigmac: what do you think will happen when the boomers hit 70 and death panels convene?
Ummm....occupy wall street will look like a walk in the park should the rationing to 70+ happen.
Bet on it -- we as a society will NOT accept it.
Forced abortions will follow.
it is the same with illegal aliens using hospital facilities. in florida they cannot be turned away. they create huge bills and when the hospital tries to collect they can't even find them. what happens then is the hospital is forced to pass the costs onto private insurance companies by raising what they charge. then people like obama demonize insurance companies for high costs even though medicare pays a tiny price for the same procedures that private companies pay full price for. add this to what judson just pointed out and it is a war against private healthcare by the left socialist/communist traitors. the supreme court scares the hell out of me too. we are one appointee from losing almost everything.
Another good example of the government making things worse. In the 1980's the media made a big deal of a few bad apples when they reported some emergency rooms turning people away with serious medical problems. They ignored the fact that nobody is perfect and that medicine is not an exact science. So the glorious politicians passed a bill saying the emergency rooms could turn nobody away, and opened the floodgates to free healthcare for some at the expense of the rest of us.
I don't have a problem with this as long as it is democrats who will practice contraception and abortion.
What happened to personal responsibility?
Why should my tax dollars cover others birth control or abortions?
HELLO OUT THERE CONGRESS
DEFUND THE ENTIRE HEALTHCARE BILL AND FORCE A VOTE IN THE SENATE FOR THE SENATORS FACING RE-ELECTION.
LET US SEE HOW BRAVE THEY ARE NOW AFTER THEY FORCED THIS DOWN OUR THROATS!!!
CONGRESS, MAY DAY, MAY DAY -- HELLOOOOO, PLEASE DO YOUR JOB!!!
Since when does a politician order private enterprise to do anything and get away with it?
Why is there only nine Supreme Court Justices? Should not every state in the Union be represented with a judge? If they are to arbitrate disputes between states, lets have a court of 50 voting on Constitutional Law.