The comments got me going. The first one insists, "...government is not going to run healthcare...."
How about some details?
Pg 22 of the HC Bill mandates the Government will audit books of all employers that self insure....Geeze, that's a whole lot of "not running" there. If that's so, I'd hate to see what it would look like if government was going to run health care!
Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill – a Government committee...will decide what treatments/benefits a person may receive.
Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you.
Pg 58 HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!
Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Government will create an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.
PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange.
PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specifics of Benefit Levels for Plans
-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue Government on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Government Monopoly.
pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/ AMA - The Government will tell YOU what you can earn.
Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE.
Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.
Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (the GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans’ finances and personal records.
PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that.
Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.
Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors – doesn’t matter what specialty – will all be paid the same.
PG 253 Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally, value of humans.
PG 265 Sec 1131Government mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.
And there is a lot more of this "non-running" in the page I linked to. A lot more.
I suppose he has an out: technically government is not going to be in the health care business. They won't run health care the way they run, say, the DMV or the Post Office. But what they will do is have complete and total control over how health care is provided and financed in this country: a true facsist system wherein private entities are subject to operating rules written entirely by the government.
Truly I don't know whether to laugh or cry at such staggering ignorance. I assume it's ignorance. Ignorance is easy to forgive. I can assume that many proponents of socialized medicin--mostly "rank and file" members of the Democrat party--are utterly ignorant of its failures.
It is not easy to forgive someone who knows and understands the failures of socialized systems and who willfully works to enact such a system knowing it will fail solely because he wants to be in charge and have authority over all that money. And it's similarly not easy to forgive someone who defends these people.
Socialized medicine won't work, ever; not here, nowhere, no matter who is in charge of it, no matter where they went to college--it's impossible.