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Ill-Fated Health Care Reform is One Step Closer to Becoming Reality: Your Help is Urgently Needed

November 24, 2009 | 39,994 views

In an interview this week with ABC News’s Jake Tapper, Obama declared that Americans should be forced under penalty of law to purchase health insurance under the House legislation, just as we’re allegedly required to purchase auto insurance already:

“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance, and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation.

If you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand-dollar hidden tax that families all across America are burdened by, because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty…

Penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.”

There are just a few problems with this theory, which should be obvious to anyone who has devoted serious thought to the matter.

First and foremost, it is not true that “everybody has to get auto insurance” in America. If you voluntarily choose not to own an automobile, you are not forced to purchase insurance.

In contrast, ObamaCare would force every American to make a purchase that many freely choose not to make for a variety of reasons. This is so obvious as to render his declaration facially preposterous.

Second, it’s not always true that we collectively “subsidize” people without auto insurance or health insurance. If an uninsured motorist inflicts damage to another driver, or an uninsured citizen falls ill, they can be held personally responsible to pay the costs that they’ve incurred.

After all, widespread health insurance is actually a recent phenomenon in American history, as citizens traditionally paid healthcare debts just like any other form of debt. Most people possess assets and future income from which they can pay costs without shifting them to taxpayers at large. There are obviously instances in which indigent citizens are unable to pay auto accident or healthcare costs, but it’s simply inaccurate for Obama to assume that such costs are always involuntarily dumped onto other American citizens. (For more, follow this link to full article.)

Constitutionalist Devvy Kidd offers the following advice:

Employers: If you are a target of this legislation, now is the time to speak with others, join together and retain a good constitutional law firm that will file a lawsuit should a final bill become junk law. Multiple plaintiffs can really reduce the burden of legal costs.

Health care providers - corporations - you must do the same thing.

Individuals: Mail hardcopy letters to the U.S. Senate and tell them you will NOT comply; you will not be forced to buy conventional health insurance or face fines!

Send a very clear, very loud statement that no matter how many "versions" of this effort to hijack our health care system, whether it be Republican or Democrat, we will NOT allow this power grab and new taxing scheme.

If it happens, every facet of the private sector will be opened up and targeted for destruction by Congress -- mark my words. This will be just the beginning.

Tell them you will join with others (hopefully thousands) in filing lawsuits (using experienced, qualified law firms) to just say NO. We can defeat this once and for all. Not with holding signs or signing petitions, but telling the Senate that we will tie this "law" up in court for years. That we will not roll over any longer. We will fight in the courts and we will win.

Congress has NO authority whatsoever in any shape, form or clause to sell health insurance and attempt to force individuals against their will to purchase it, or extort money from them using threats of IRS thugs and jail time.

Burying Senators with snail mail letters will tell them that we the people, business and individuals, are willing to put our money towards hiring qualified legal teams to fight this disaster before it becomes another massive, entrenched failure like social security and Medicare. Before our rights are stripped away.

Threatening 1/3 of the senate with bouncing them out of office in November 2010 sounds nice, but that is a year from now. We must stop this from ever becoming "law" in the first place.

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Earlier this month The House of Representatives narrowly approved health care legislation -- the Affordable Health Care for America Act -- that promises to guarantee health coverage to almost all Americans … but largely ignores the real problems, and the most effective solutions, to our current health care conundrum.

The legislation was passed 220-215, and now sits before the Senate, so there is still time to voice your opinion and get involved in the debate.

What Should You Know About the Health Care Reform Bill?

The Affordable Health Care for America Act will cost an estimated $894 billion for the health insurance coverage of the bill, and that is not an all-inclusive figure.

When all of the provisions are added in, a CNN analysis found the plan will top $1 trillion.

If the bill passes, health insurance coverage will become mandated for nearly all Americans. If you do not have coverage, you will be fined 2.5 percent of your adjusted income!

Judge Andrew Napolitano was recently quoted as saying:

"When I recently asked Congressman James Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House, to tell me "Where in the Constitution the federal government is authorized to regulate everyone's health care?” he replied that most of what Congress does is not authorized by the Constitution, but they do it anyway.

There you have it. Congress recognizes no limits on its power. It doesn't care about the Constitution, it doesn't care about your inalienable rights, it doesn't care about the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights, it doesn't even read the laws it writes."

How long will Americans accept these kinds of shenanigans before we say NO in unison?

In 2013, a government-sponsored public option would become available, but despite its large role in health care debate, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that only 6 million people would choose to use such a plan.

Is Government-Run Health Care the Answer?

The current health insurance and health care models clearly are not working at all. According to a 2008 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 90 percent of Americans believe our medical system should be “completely rebuilt” or that “fundamental changes” are required.

Unfortunately, the reforms currently on the table will not solve our problems.

Giving the government control over health care is a hotly debated topic for good reason. Already, numerous personal freedoms are being threatened at the hands of the government, and there is language in this new reform that gives the federal government unprecedented power to meddle in your personal health care affairs.

Congressman Mike Rogers (MI) brought up two specific examples:

  • According to section 141 under the Health Choices Commissioner Act, the government would be able to actually go in and disenroll individuals. The fact that they can kick you out of your own individual health care plan gives unprecedented power by the federal government.
  • It also grants government the power to disenroll your entire company from your chosen plan, if you are an employer with $250,000 gross payroll.

Further, giving the government increased control over your health care choices does absolutely nothing to address the REAL problems facing the state of health care in the United States.

Where is the debate about limiting unnecessary, ineffective treatments and stopping fraud to reduce soaring health care costs?

Why is no one talking about the fact that there are effective, inexpensive alternatives that could easily be incorporated into conventional medical practices that would significantly reduce costs?

And how about the fact that the U.S. health care system is the absolute most expensive in the world, with little to show for its massive costs? Who is talking about this sad reality and, more importantly, coming up with solutions to change it?

The fact of the matter is that the Big Pharma Cartel has a supreme hold over our government, and this is, most likely, why we do not see any discussions about these very real, underlying problems.

Will Any Of The Options On The Table Fix The Underlying Problem?

Will a government-sponsored health plan reduce the number of unnecessary prescriptions? Will there be fewer unwarranted surgeries? Will it reduce costs by focusing on prevention, and offering less dangerous and more inexpensive alternatives?

I believe the answer is no.

The focus is still on allopathic medicine, namely the ability for everyone to afford its conventional therapies and treatment protocols.

So whether a government-run, public health care plan is a good idea or not is almost beside the point, because what we REALLY need is a radical change in consciousness about what health and health care really is.

As long as the focus of our health care is on drugs and surgical interventions, we will never see the fundamental changes that are so desperately needed.

No politician will be able to accomplish this feat, so sitting around waiting for it is futile. It can only be done by YOU changing how you think about health care and your health.

Further, the fact that this new health care reform could force you to spend thousands of dollars annually for allopathic insurance is a very real threat to choosing and living a healthy lifestyle.

How?

Because the alternative medical field has been able to grow in recent years largely because people have sought it out, chosen to use it, and paid for many of their costs out of their own pockets.

Those who choose this path believe in putting their money toward preventive techniques, such as organic food, nutritional supplements, gym memberships and other healthy lifestyle choices rather than shelling out big bucks for comprehensive health care coverage for a medical system they don’t want or need.

I agree with Congressman Ron Paul in that health insurance should be for major emergencies only. It doesn’t need to be the sole route for every problem, which is turning out to be a financial catastrophe.

Further, as Ron Paul pointed out in the above video, one of the major problems in our current system is the lack of competition, partly due to too much government intervention.

Not only do we lack competition within the allopathic field, but we also lack true competition between the allopathic and alternative medicine fields. True competition will only occur once alternative medicine is embraced and fully allowed to BE an officially viable alternative to conventional treatments.

The Time to ACT is NOW!

The Affordable Health Care for America Act is now in the hands of the Senate, but there is still time for you to make your opinions known.

As long as the focus of our health care is on drugs and surgical interventions, we will continue down a path that leads to poor health and premature death.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what I see happening with this reform.

It is being staged as a “solution to give health care to all,” when in fact it may end up forcing all Americans to carry, and pay for, conventional allopathic health insurance, whether you want it or not -- and not allow for the use of alternatives.

The Senate will be voting on this bill soon, so time is of the essence.

Please get involved and contact your Senators today. If you’re not sure how to reach your state’s senators, you can get direct contact information from this link.


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