Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The AmeriCare bill

I am against HR 193, the legislation co-sponsored by Reps. Stark,
Schakowsky, Ellison, and Blumenauer (all D), the so-called "AmeriCare"
plan. It is my belief that this is the wrong way to go on health care
for the United States.

Under this plan both employers and patients would be penalized financially
if they rejected coverage, a patently unfair and high-handed way of
forcing coverage and the costs attached thereto upon businesses and
patients, especially working people, who may consider health insurance
unaffordable. In addition there are privacy concerns as more and more
records about our health issues are kept in the computers of faceless
bureaucrats, who have an unfortunate tendency to fail to maintain adequate

What about using incentives and changes in the law to cut costs instead?
That would make coverage more affordable and encourage more people and
more employers to buy coverage, while still retaining freedom of choice as
consumers in the marketplace. I can think of a few -- limit malpractice
and pharmaceutical product lawsuit damages to $250,000 per count, cut
patent coverage for new drugs back to seven years, and speed FDA approval
of new drugs. For a bottom income tier of society unable to otherwise
afford coverage, money could still be funnelled to states to provide for
their health departments as they see fit (as is already done, in fact),
without adding more bureaucracy to the Federal Government.

I'm sure lawmakers have the capacity to research and propose many other
cost-cutting ways to make it easier for patients and employers to get
coverage. High taxation and penalties only make it harder and more
expensive. I say NO to HR 193 "AmeriCare."


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Turtle of Xanth said...

A friend emailed me and pointed out one more thing to hate about the Democrats' idea of health care reform... there is a provision tucked in the 1000+ pages of HR 3200 which basically gives the government a license to invade patient rights, by requiring medical devices implanted in patients to have unique identifiers, and to record and transmit information relating to both health and identity to the Federal government under the guise of assessing health outcomes. This provision is known as Subtitle C—National Medical
Device Registry, on pages 1001-7 of HR 3200 which can be found at (Twitter created address for the text of HR 3200.) I call it the Mark of the Beast, which it isn't quite yet, but it's close enough to alarm me.

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