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    The New York Times story today Democrats to Develop Plan to Sell Health Care reports that many Democrats are feeling “unease” because of a Frank Luntz memo circulated last week that identifies “The Democrats want to put Washington politicians in charge of your health care” as a winning conservative message on health care.

    With all due respect to Frank Luntz, no one needed to tell conservatives that President Obama’s health care plan puts “Washington politicians in charge of your health care.” Back in October of 2008 Heritage fellows Nina Owcharenko and Bob Moffit analyzed Obama’s health care plan under the title The Obama Health Care Plan: More Power to Washington. They gave it this title because:

    The Obama plan proposes a comprehensive, standardized federal health benefits structure; a massive expansion of federal regulatory authority over health insurance; and an enlarge­ment of federal regulatory power over health care delivery, including the defining of what constitutes “quality” care. Moreover, the plan would prop up the existing employer-based health insurance system and government health programs, such as Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), to expand health insurance coverage.

    Later in the New York Times piece Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) previews the left’s response to the “more power to Washington” charge:

    “You can choose your own doctor,” Mr. Baucus said. “You can choose your own health plan. There’s total choice here. I do not want to say this defensively, but this is not a big government plan.”

    Mr. Baucus said Mr. Axelrod had offered suggestions on how to communicate, using “words that work” and avoiding “words that don’t work.”

    Rather than talk about a mandate requiring individuals or employers to buy insurance, Mr. Baucus said, Democrats intend to emphasize the idea of “shared responsibility.”

    You can call a government mandates “cherry pie” but it doesn’t change the fact they expose every individual in the nation to more government control of their lives.

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    3 Responses to This Is a Big Government Plan

    1. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Also see; http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/14/h

      Although I feel strongly that a nationalized approach to healthcare is a continuation of federal abuse of granted powers, I'm also disappointed in the small number of innovative healthcare cost controls occurring within the free market. Health Savings Accounts (HSA), although a good concept, basically fails to offer consumers any real premium to benefits advantage of a higher deductible plan. At least I haven't seen it. Seems to me the private insurer profits more from such an arrangement. There is some good coming out of these talks and that's the rattling of an industry that needs to awaken. The worst possible outcome is more federal control over citizen's healthcare. Let your congressional representatives know you're opposed to anymore government involvement in people's medical care needs. Except in the case of federal worker benefits, individual States should be assuming all social healthcare coverage currently provided by the U.S. government.

    2. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Everybody needs food to survive. That is far more immediate than health care. Yet, I go to the grocery store, buy food that I want and come home and cook meals to sustain myself. Every American family does that with out any government bureaucracy running the grocery stores. I am totally opposed to the subsidies in agriculture as I am about all other taxpayer subsidies.

      Health care must be no different. It must operate at retail level as the grocery stores do. Get rid of the government sanctioned insurance, private or government. The employer simply pays what he spends on health care to the employees directly. The employer does not deal with any insurance schemes. The consumers buy insurance to the level that they need. We buy home owner's insurance for fire protection.

      What will this do? It will drive the cost of health care down in order to be able to sell it at affordable prices. As a matter of fact, a doctor in NY had a plan where you pay a fixed low amount per visit (I think it was $30) with follow up visits free. He could not do it as the State government told him that he was violating the insurance laws!

      That is why the health care is a mess in the US. It is still better than in any other country.

      Decentralize health care.

      How can anybody believe the government-run system will work better? Look at Medicare. Look at VA health care. What more proof do we need to reject the government-run health care as probably the least efficient? Which government run enterprise is successful except for the US military? Post office, Amtrack, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac etc. etc.

    3. Michael E. Avant De says:

      The current health care industry is a 17 billion dollar industry. In the current financial disaster is is inconsistent with good sense to add 17 billion ( although we could just print the money) to the tag. It is unimaginable that the Democratic congress, or anybody with brains, can't see that in spite of the theory it will not work unless the burden for paying for it is heaped on the citizens. No one is complaining about their care but just the cost of it. It will cost no less when the government takes over but it will remove choice. State run hospitals for the poor are an excellent examples of less than adequate treatment because of government dependent funding. Wake up citizens! This is all supposed to be pushed through by August of this year.

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