And actually not even that; it’s just mandating health insurance.
So…let me get this straight…according to this bill I now HAVE to buy health insurance, whether I want to or not (and I do, I’m too old to think I’ll live forever)…and there are no limits on what insurance companies can charge for that mandated health insurance…and I will now be TAXED on the portion of my health insurance that my company purchases for me as INCOME…and the ban on denying pre-existing conditions is apparently being quietly changed to only apply to people UNDER 19 YEARS OLD…and I can be fined or go to jail if I don’t comply.
How is that anything but a handout to insurance companies???
Three things need to be done. Just three:
1. Set limits on what health insurance companies can charge. Period.
If they’re non profit companies, then they shouldn’t be making a profit at all. Therefore, no bonuses for executives; no marketing to drum up new clients, and no ridiculous salaries. That should save LOTS of money for insurance bills.
2. Require health insurance companies to cover anyone who applies, without filling out a questionnaire, and without charging more for those who do have any type of pre-existing condition.
The whole idea for health insurance to begin with, as with all insurance, was to create a wider and deeper pool thereby people would share risk. If this cuts into profits, so be it. One should not be making a PROFIT on pain, illness, and suffering anyway. I thought that was the purpose of non profits — to provide the best coverage possible for the least price, because there IS no profit motive!
3. Require a flat tax based on income that goes SPECIFICALLY AND ONLY toward a public option. Or allow all citizens to opt into Medicare.
Either one. I don’t really care which. I personally would opt into either if I had the opportunity; it bugs me to no end that I get grief up the wazoo for my pre-existing conditions from my insurance company while people on Medicaid/state insurance for the poor get everything covered without question. It makes me think being poor and out of work is maybe a better option than being gainfully employed if I want insurance that will actually cover my illnesses.
Am I being pollyanna-ish? Naturally; politicians being beholden to corporations rather than to the people who elected them, they will of course do what is best for the corporations. Which being people in the eyes of the law have lots more money, time, resources, etc than I will ever have no matter how many of my fellow constituents I band together with to change things. I simply will never be able to buy John McCain a $20,000 dinner like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona can and probably does. Multiply that by how many hundreds of elected officials at the state level, and how many thousands of elected officials at the national level, and who can compete? Why do they need voters at all? Iran seems to do quite well without bothering to count their votes.
I wonder how it will go if/when people simply refuse to pay? I’ll think seriously about jail time versus being forced to pay for something I am then taxed on. Maybe THAT’S what all these FEMA camps I keep hearing about are for; to hold all of us dissidents…?
This is the article that talks about getting rid of the universal ban on denial of pre-existing conditions. You have to read it carefully; the article says it will ban denials for children under 19…which means the rest of us are screwed. Thanks to all of you up there in Congressland. So glad you have better insurance than I’ll ever dream of, courtesy of ME, the TAXPAYER.