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    President Obama and his liberal counterparts in the Congress continue to falsely promise that their health care plan wouldn’t affect Americans who don’t crave change. However, all conventional wisdom points the opposite direction. In fact, the Lewin Group has estimated that if a public plan was made available at Medicare payment levels, approximately 119 million Americans would be forced into the government plan. Currently, there are roughly 160 million Americans who have private health insurance. So this figure represents more than two out of three privately insured Americans. Are you going to be the lucky one out of three?

    Turns out, luck has nothing to do with it. Even if the private insurance doesn’t “fizzle out” completely after most of its customers are forced into a government program, the federal government is going to slowly kill private insurance through their legislation. On page 16 of the $1.3 trillion Democrat House bill is a little-seen provision that moves to eliminate the private insurance market altogether. It says:

    Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.

    In non-Congressional terms, this means that if you don’t have private health insurance when the bill goes into effect, then you will absolutely have fewer options after it passes. Under the House plan, all individuals will be mandated to buy Insurance Exchange qualifying plans only. And thanks to a laundry list of new regulations, these plans will be much more expensive after the bill takes effect.

    So, buried in the 1,018 page bill are President Obama’s broken promises in black and white. And all of these efforts are to advance a bill that Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said would raise health care costs, not lower them. Thankfully, Blue Dog Democrats like Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross are making an effort to stop this assault on your personal health care. Ross says: “We cannot support the current bill.”

    As Investors Business Daily puts it, “A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny. Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate.” Exactly.

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    20 Responses to Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk?

    1. Dave, San Diego says:

      Keeping your current health ins plan was the core of Obama's big plan, initially. Now it has obviously changed. People need to know this; keep up the good work about exposing the deceit. And get people to ask questions! We need more hard answers, not just "magic-wand promises."


    2. David E Aldridge, Da says:

      I am outraged, I'm mad that Congress is even looking at these stupid health care plan and CAP and Trade bills. They do not seem to care what the people who put them in office want. They pay more attention to Reid and Pelosi than they do to their own constituents(sp). I am, almost daily, E-Mailing my Congressman and my Senator. I really believe we conservatives have a good chance to gain back some semblance of reality in the next election. I wish the Republican Party Leadership would show some backbone and start sounding off about what these bills will do to the already dead economy.

    3. Jeff Brodhead, WA (s says:

      We cannot afford 'HMO health insurance' now.

      The idiots are going to mandate that we buy it, after they put the economy in a tail-spin, while similtaineously implementing cap and tax and everything else they can think of….

      As a self-employed small business ownee, I don't see any possibility of continuing to provide services to the several manufacturers I currently support. We are leaning as far over the financial cliff edge, as possible AND cannot be the only such family living in the same scenario. Guess the dominos are about to fall all over America.

      The multiplier effect, applied to the engine which employs some 80% of Americans, will kill Obama's vision for America (unless that is his intent…strong possibility, considering the evidence); making this entire massive restructuring of America a worthless, wasteful and painful lesson for it's star-struck citizens (along with the rest of us.)

      The Obama light at the end of the tunnel, is not the 'messiah' the idiots are hoping for.

      Many years ago, a friend's Dad worked for a company, with initials "S" and "W". My friend, apparently echoing his Dad, called the company Scrap and Waste.

      Sad, but I hope America survives to someday call the liberal adjenda a similar nickname. Even sadder, the likely end will be far worse than a good lesson on the corruption of power…

    4. Roger S., MA. says:

      Do not attempt to understand a great folly, merely ask what it accomplishes. To whit: Who's getting paid? We know where the money's coming from: the printing press. But where's it going? And once it's gone, we know who will have to make it up, don't we? Again, where's it going? My general answer: to all those "cooking the books".

      Look for them, they're everywhere!

    5. Garry Cline. Bloomvi says:

      It is rather sickening when our governement believes it is well within their power to openley destroy a private buisness! All other aspects aside, that is exactley what they are attempting. A pig is still a pig!

    6. Brian, Omaha, NE says:

      This is totally going to screw up my health care. Yes, I may be on Cobra insurance now, but I am in college trying to finish my degree at 35. Times are changing for the worse. These liberal's are not going to be happy untill all conservatives are gone.

    7. John Caliso, New Jer says:

      These programs will bankrupt the country. This health care plan and cap and trade are merely the beginning of the heavy weight of increasing taxes on hard working people. Many of us have worked our entire lives to get ahead through education and training only to see that we are expected tp carry a larger and larger burden going forward. We must become active participants in the fight to gain back our rights to freedom as our forefathers have outlined in the Constitution. We cannot stand by for a tyranny that will deplete our creativity and productivity as a country. we must actively seek to encourage the public to become more and more involved through writing our representatives and voting for officials who can bring back a rational and sane approach to our problems.

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    9. Mary,Cleveland, OH says:

      This is very sad and very scary. We must call our senators and congressmen/congresswomen and let them know not to pass such an awful bill. Private insurance is the the best way for good quality care. Government run plan produces disaster.

    10. Debra, Texas says:

      If you wouldn't want to live in public housing, you are not going to like public healthcare either.

      You don't have to be two levels above idiot to know that this marxist is purposly destroying this country, while racists and idiots watch.

      It's amazing that the democrats (and some of the republicans) are so in love with power that they can sit back and watch it happen. I wonder if they think that if they have a position of power, they're whole family willl be taken care of -like royalty in a monarchy. "Let them eat cake" and "get medical care when WE say so and by whom".

      Yes, they will be taken care of…until heads roll.

    11. Tricia, Arizona says:

      They are trying to push this horrible bill through as quickly as possible so that no one will have a chance to read it and realize what it's really about. More power. If anyone believes that it is about improving health care they are being deluded. Canadians, Mexican, and even Europeans are worried. Where will they go if our health care system is ruined.?

    12. Dennis A. Social Cir says:


    13. Lebo, florida says:

      I am shocked that you folks don't support this Obama-Care program.

      Just look at all the other Government run programs that are doing just fine.

      Fannie Mae and Freddy Smack; oh, sorry bad examples as they caused the world wide financial melt-down.

      Look at the Post Office; Oh, sorry, they are inefficient and running out of money.

      look at Social Security; Oh, sorry that Ponzi Scheme is also running out of money. But they did scrape enough together to spend $700 thousand of our dollars to send 700 government employees to an Arizona spa for several days.

      Look at how well Medicare and Medicaid are doing; Oh, sorry my bad, they are mostly out of money, mismanaged, eaten up by fraud etc.

      Well, look at the Federal Reserve System; Oh yea, word is out they can't account for some 9 trillion of our dollars and clearly, wouldn't survive an audit.

      So look at the Treasury Department; Sorry, it's currently being run by Tax-Cheat Tim Geithner and throwing TARP dollars around like a drunk sailor on liberty.

      Well, at least the Department of Homeland Security is properly managed; Oh Dude I forgot they haven't secured our borders and firmly believe returning vets are their number one threat. My bad.

      So, go figure. Maybe the government isn't the group we want running our health care after all. Who knew?

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    15. Barb -mn says:

      Nothing obama proposes ever adds up to any amount of rational, reasoning or prosperity. Technically any of the American principles, values and especially freedoms. All are in the direction of this country's demise.

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    17. Bob, Florida says:

      I hope the people who voted for Obama are starting to realize that they were hoodwinked. They were expecting to have teir mortgage(or rent) and their gasoline paid for buy Obama's government, only to find that he only wanted the power to try to turn this country into a marxist state. Perhaps that is what some of them would prefer.

    18. Claude Cornell says:

      And a bill has already been introduced (H.J.R. #5)

      to repeal the 22nd amendment. Will they ram that through too. No presidential term limits means the Obama Dictatorship takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

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    20. Dave G., Crofton, MD says:

      The point made by Investors Business Daily is the legal premise for resistance to ObamaCare: Freedom of Assembly. This essential right extends to all who wish to bind together to share in and manage the costs of any good or service – - including medical care. Most of today's insurers trace roots back to mutual aid or fraternal based benevolent societies where like-minded people grouped together to spread the cost of expenses they could otherwise not afford individually. If commercial insurance companies cannot meet whatever "test" Congress would impose, all we need do is resurrect this proven method from our past. This would be communitarinism at it's best and something that even Obama could understand.

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