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Government Health Care

The Obama administration has decided that the federal government should be in charge of your health care. Health insurance companies would be allowed to continue but would probably go under in five to ten years.

The proponents of a government plan claim:
  50 million are uninsured.
  The present system is broken and will go under.
  A government plan would save money.

The truth is:
12 - 15 million need health care.
The present system is the best in the world. Improve it!
  Reduce fraud.
  Reduce frivolous lawsuits.
  Allow health insurance competition across state lines.
  Encourage a healthy life
  Fund walk in clinics & free health care for the needy.
Free health care would cosr $700b.
The government plan would cost over $900b.


Government plans are wasteful and always more expensive.

The bill considered by the House is a 1000 page skeleton of a health plan. It is so ambiguous that it could be interpreted any way you want.
This creates two major concerns to Catholics.
  The bill does not exclude abortion therefore it is included.
The bill is more expensive than the financing available so health services must be rationed somewhere. It calls for end-of-life counseling (pg 426) implying rationing after age 65.

Please call, write and email your representatives. Tell them that any heath care bill considered:
1. Must ban coverage of abortion.
2. Must limit frivolous law-suits.
3, Must reduce fraud.
4. Must allow health insurance competition.
5. Must help fund local medical centers and hospitals.
6. Must provide free health care for the needy.

Health Care Reform Bills

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
To make quality, affordable health care available to all Americans, reduce costs, improve health care quality, enhance disease prevention
Text (pdf) - 615 pages
Amendment (pdf)


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To make quality, affordable health care available to all Americans, reduce costs, improve health care quality, enhance disease prevention, and strengthen the health care workforce.
Short Title. This Act may be cited as the "Affordable Health Choices Act"
Outline (pdf)
Text (pdf) - 1018 pages

Some interesting clauses in House bill:

Eligibility for medical service. see page 58
(D) enable the real-time (or near realtime) determination of an individualís financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific fa11 cility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card;

End of useful life. see page 230
payment for non-therapy ancillary services. Such analysis shall consider use of appropriate indicators which may include age, physical and mental status, ability to perform activities of daily living, prior nursing home stay

Abortion
Abortion is not specifically included but President Obama promised abortion so you can be sure that it will be included:
"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."
Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007

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