Health care. It’s the talk of the town. Everyone’s debating it. Some people are arguing over it. One thing for sure, no one seems to be talking about the health care bill itself. I listen to the President and some in Congress telling me about the benefits of government run health care while I hear expert after expert tell me otherwise.
So let’s look at the actual health care bill. Let’s actually read it. You know, so we can see what it says and find out for ourselves if this health care bill (known as “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009“) is worth the paper (all 1,018 pages) it’s printed on.
The first thing people should know is the purpose of the bill. The title really says it all, doesn’t it? According to page 14, the purpose of the bill is,
The purpose of this title is to establish standards to ensure that new health insurance coverage and employment-based health plans that are offered meet standards guaranteeing access to affordable coverage, essential benefits, and other consumer protections
Of course, this is where conservatives and liberals begin to disagree. Some people may interpret this paragraph as guaranteeing that “everyone will have a right to healthcare” with no regard to the financial costs, the level of government intrusion in their lives, or the rights they would be giving up in the process. Others will see it as an unnecessary government intervention into the marketplace by increased regulations, procedures, and laws.
From that simple quoted paragraph we can determine that new government controlled health plans will be created, and that those plans (along with employment-based health plans) will be “affordable”, provide “essential” benefits, and meet government standards as well as other consumer protections.
The quoted paragraph makes no mention of how strict (or lenient) those standards will be, who will determine the standards, what defines an essential benefit, or exactly what consumer “protections” will be put in place. Don’t worry though, I’m sure it’s all covered somewhere in the remaining 1,004 pages.
Over the course of the next few days I will be writing about House Resolution 3200. Make sure you click the link and start reading ‘Division A’, so you’ll be able to follow along. Division A is only 200 pages or so. You can handle that. Afterall, we are talking about the future of health care in America.