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    Democrat Health Care 'Retreat' Is Phony

    Column by Robert James Bidinotto - Aug 17, 2009

    Democrats claim to be retreating from the "public option" for government health care. But make no mistake, their new plan for a publicly funded health care "co-op" is a new name for the same bad ideas.



    The Sunday papers announced that the White House is going to “retreat” on the so-called “public option” — i.e., a government health care option to compete with the private insurers.

    Instead, they are getting bipartisan support for establishing a publicly funded healthcare “co-op.”

    But this is no “retreat.” The co-op arrangement is simply the public option by another name, and by a more circuitous, stealthy route — with the same ultimate objective: nationalized health care.

    Understand that the “co-op” would be funded by the government (i.e., the taxpayers). More importantly, to get admission into the co-op, insurers would have to abide by the new governmental regulations regarding coverage, treatments, premiums, etc.

    Ah, but this still would be “private,” right? Not according to Health and Human Services Sec. Nancy Sebelius. Here is the “money quote” from her, which gives away the White House’s game:

    “I think there will be a competitor to private insurers,” Sebelius said. “That’s really the essential part, is you don’t turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing.”

    Make no mistake, then: This is no liberal “retreat” from governmental health care. The new “co-op” is explicitly intended to be “a competitor to private insurers.” While ObamaCare would inject this new government entity into the healthcare marketplace, it simultaneously would:

    1. Impose onerous, costly new mandates on private insurers

    2. Mandate participation by unwilling individuals and small businesses, under penalty of whopping fines

    3. Outlaw any private insurers that refused to adopt the new government-imposed rules

    4. Compel taxpayers to fund the arrangement

    Eventually, inevitably, the only private insurers that could survive this arrangement would have to operate like branch offices of the Medicare program — simply administering government “mandated” coverage, services, treatments, medicines, etc.

    Rather than “single payer” socialized medicine, then, this would be more like fascist medicine: a merely nominal “private” system, in which a handful of big health care insurers and providers took their marching orders from the federal government.

    Adding an 800-pound governmental gorilla into the health care marketplace, under any name, is still a net, enormous loss of your health care freedom and choice — not a gain. We need to stop this fraud in its tracks. Contact your congressman and spread these facts far and wide.
    Robert James Bidinotto of EcoNOT.com is an award-winning writer, editor, and lecturer. From July 2005 to October 2008 he was editor-in-chief of The New Individualist, the monthly magazine published by The Atlas Society. He currently resides with his wife on the Chesapeake Bay.
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    omg i'm tired of these retards from this same bullshit site

    this retard doesn't understand the difference between single payer and nationalized healthcare.
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    Adding an 800-pound governmental gorilla into the health care marketplace, under any name, is still a net, enormous loss of your health care freedom and choice not a gain. We need to stop this fraud in its tracks. Contact your congressman and spread these facts far and wide.
    I like how he calls on people to spread his version of the facts at the end of an article riddled with lies and scare tactics. Classic.

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    YEah i like that.. "providing a quasi government run plan to compete with the open market is somehow LESS of a choice than if it never exists at all! How? I DONT DO SUBTRACTION."
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    Exactly. Plus, I like how they forget that Medicaid & Medicare are government programs, not to mention that every politician in Washington that's against healthcare reform has government healthcare. Not to mention the troops have government healthcare.

    So, if government healthcare is good for all of those people, why is it 'evil socialism' when it comes to the rest of the country?

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