Big Brother-Care Looms Large
By: Matt Barber
Itâ€™s socialized medicine vs. the private sector. How does the former match-up to the latter? Well, by way of an ill-advised postal services analogy, our inspired physician-in-chief has gaffed upon the answer: â€œUPS and FedEx are doing just fine,â€ he observed, â€œIt’s the post office that’s always having problems.â€
Priceless â€“ From the mouths of libsâ€¦
Speaking of â€œFederal Express:â€ Was there ever any doubt as to why the leftâ€™s government takeover of healthcare absolutely, positively had to be there overnight? Dr. Obama, Nurse Nancy and the rest of the congressional candy-stripers recognized that if Americans had a chance to actually vet this medical monstrosity, theyâ€™d rise-up against it.
Oops. We have and we have.
But despite a nose-dive in support, the Democratic Partyâ€™s ObamaCare Kamikazes refuse to pull-up. Instead, theyâ€™re unloading both barrels, hell-bent on sinking the U.S.S Free Market and taking our liberties, quality of care and American exceptionalism down with it.
Pelosi has disgracefully implied that town-hall goers who question this radical experiment in socialized medicine are Nazis. And in an August 10 USA Today op-ed, she and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) shamelessly labeled those same heartland patriots â€“ many of whom are senior citizens â€“ as â€œun-American.â€
But what is â€œun-Americanâ€ is this socialist piece of Euro-trash being peddled as â€œhealthcare reform.â€ This is not the â€œhope and changeâ€ America envisioned while punching Obamaâ€™s chad last November. He and liberals in Congress have betrayed their nationâ€™s trust.
At nearly 1,100 pages, even the President admits he hasnâ€™t read H.R. 3200 â€“ the House version of the bill â€“ and supporters like Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have ridiculed the very idea that anyone would.
Well, some of us are reading it â€“ silly as we may be.
Liberty Counselâ€™s Washington D.C. staff (www.lc.org) has compiled a comprehensive bullet-point summary of the bill. Itâ€™s gone viral and Americans are arming themselves with the information it provides. Theyâ€™re taking it to town-hall meetings around the country and are respectfully, but firmly holding their Representativesâ€™ feet to the fire.
â€œWhat Americans Need to Know About the Healthcare Takeoverâ€ provides a link to both an overview of H.R. 3200 and the full text of the bill so that people can verify for themselves the overviewâ€™s accuracy. This is democracy in action and itâ€™s making the left mouth-foaming furious.
ObamaCare is fatally flawed on numerous levels, but, for now, letâ€™s focus on just a few:
First, despite ludicrous denials by both an increasingly partisan AARP and a â€œsnitch on your comradeâ€ White House, pages 424, 425 and 426 of the plan do, in fact, mandate compulsory government â€œend-of-lifeâ€ consultations for seniors who have â€œnot had such a consultation within the last 5 years.â€
According to the bill, these consultations â€œshall includeâ€¦an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice.â€ (Or, as President Kevorkian put it, instruct you that: â€œMaybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.â€)
Again, these are mandatory consultations. The word â€œshallâ€ is a legal term of art that means â€“ for lack of a better word â€“ â€œshall.â€ Notwithstanding White House and AARP claims to the contrary, â€œshallâ€ does not mean â€œmay,â€ â€œcanâ€ or â€œhave the option to.â€
So, in the interest of candor and for the sake of clarity, letâ€™s call ObamaCareâ€™s mandatory â€œend-of-life counselingâ€ what it truly is: â€œEnd-your-lifeâ€ counseling. Better yet, letâ€™s call it the â€œUseless-Eaters-Get-Out-of-the-Way-and-Just-Die-Alreadyâ€ provision.
Next, we have Sec. 163, pages 58 â€“ 60 which â€“ whether you like it or not â€“ grants federal bureaucrats full access to both your private medical records and personal bank account for automatic fund withdrawals.
Hereâ€™s how it works: In order to â€œstandardize electronic administrative transactions,â€ the government issues you a handy-dandy â€œmachine-readable health plan beneficiary identification cardâ€ to â€œenable electronic funds transfersâ€ from your private bank account.
But lest you worry about having to deal with any of those pesky â€œchoicesâ€ or confusing â€œdecisions,â€ Uncle Sam promises to â€œbe authoritative, permitting no additions or constraints for electronic transactions.â€
Got that? Our â€œauthoritativeâ€ federal government will not permit you to place any â€œconstraintsâ€ on its access to your bank account. (Yea! Big Brotherâ€™s got your back! How could anyone be opposed this kind of government coddling? One question, though: Will Uncle Sam pick-up our NSF fees?)
And then thereâ€™s the â€œHealth Benefits Advisory Committee.â€ This lovely government appointed panel of bureaucrats is to consist of â€œmedical and other expertsâ€ who get to â€œrecommend covered benefits.â€
Other experts? What in the Rahm Emanuel is that supposed to mean?
Grandma neither wants â€“ nor can she survive â€“ a liberal Democrat appointed, â€œone size fits allâ€ panel of distinguished experts in the field of â€œotherâ€ deciding what medical services she will or will not be allowed to receive. Weâ€™re not numbers on a page, Mr. President. Weâ€™re people.
But this brings us back to the aforementioned threat of â€œstandardization.â€ As with every socialist nation that has adopted its own version of ObamaCare, standardized, universal healthcare, is â€“ and always will be â€“ an abysmal â€œhealthcare rationingâ€ failure. Itâ€™s no longer you and your doctor deciding whatâ€™s best for you and your family; itâ€™s Big Brother.
Keep in mind; weâ€™ve only covered three provisions, here. H.R. 3200 is nearly 1,100 pages of wonderfully ambiguous little nuggets just like these, which grant the government unlimited loopholes to do whatever it pleases with your life and well-being.
Whereâ€™s my America?
Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action. Send comments to Matt at email@example.com. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)