According to the Scranton Times, The new Obama Healthcare Plan will be compulsory if US Senator Bob Casey has his way. In a story appearing on June 16, 2009 US Senator Bob Casey advocated making enrollment in the Obama Healthcare Plan mandatory, unless you already have healthcare. The plan will cost taxpayers approximately $1,000,000,000,000 over ten years. Casey refused to discuss how this would be paid for (remember Pelosi incessantly touting pay-go?)
The 615 page proposal will exempt people that have employer-based plans. Everyone else would be required to purchase insurance. There will be assistance to help pay for this for low income families and individuals.
Casey is quoted as saying “If someone has health care that they like or are satisfied with, they get to keep it," he said. "But if they want a different plan or they don't have any health insurance at all, obviously, we want to make sure they have a choice to get coverage.”
What choice is there in making a policy compulsory? Perhaps a family will have the benefit of choosing which government-sponsored bureaucratic nightmare they would like to employ and pay for to insure their family. But, when the government knocks on your door and requires that you purchase something, it can hardly be called a “choice.”
America was built on a foundation of individualism and self-reliance. We grant you that many have forgotten that and fallen into the loving arms of the nanny-state. But for those with the strength, focus, and perseverance to take care of themselves without government assistance, they should be allowed to chose nothing.
It is bad enough that the taxpayers will be saddled with a trillion dollar bill to cover this proposal. We respectfully ask that our United States Senator not also vote to strip away our rights by REQUIRING that anyone participate in this plan.
One interesting question that the reporter failed to ask was the penalty for non-compliance with this most recent government mandate. What will the penalty be if someone chooses not to enroll in this boondoggle? Or, if someone refuses to pay for something they feel they do not need, will the government imprison them? Will there be a resurrection of the debtors prison for those that fail to pay for their mandated healthcare insurance?
The Democrat plan shreds rights and wallets. The Republicans have proposed an alternative. Karl Rove recently wrote about the GOP alternative plan in the Wall Street Journal. The bill is called the Patient’s Choice Act. Instead of mandating that you buy insurance, the Republican plan pays you to get it. Basically, the Republican Plan:
Leaves in place the current tax credits that companies receive for giving benefits to their employees.
Gives $2,200 to $5,700 in the form of a tax credit to allow families and individuals to buy their own insurance.
Increases portability so that even if you change employers, your insurance goes with you if you are in their plan.
Helps those on medicaide because it allows them to pick a plan instead of being forced into the one-size-fit-all plan currently afforded them.
Helps the chronically ill or those with pre-exsisting conditions because it passes risk sharing across all insurance companies producing lower premiums.
Other Republican suggestions for the bill are allow purchasing out of state and extend the same benefits companies get for offering insurance to workers to individual taxpayers.
$1,000,000,000 in new spending or real choice and tax cuts…seems like a no brainer!