Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In plain sight

Update: As Samay points out, IBD is wrong. Heritage has the analysis.

Original post:

Congressional Dems aren't even bothering to hide their attempts to destroy private insurance.

IBD editorial, via Todd Herman
Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So, "you'll be allowed to keep your existing coverage" is pretty weak soup. As if the private market wouldn't be undermined enough by the tax-supported government plan, they're going to make it illegal for the market to function at all, even for those who don't want the subsidized government plan and are willing to pay up for it.

Guys, "Orwellian" is not a compliment.


Samay said...

Dude, read the legislation.

That's the preface to the million-and-one ways private insurers are allowed to keep providing care.

It's standard legislative language, to create clarity about the regulation. Almost every law in the country has language like that.

JoeCollins said...

ok, I violated the first rule of blogging - trust no one, not even trusted sources.

"grandfathered" plans are put on the endangered species list, to die a withering death with no new participants, and new participants are forced to participate in the Exchange, which will only offer plans approved by Congress. Without wading through all 1018 pages of the draft bill, I'm guessing there will be some objectionable requirements for a plan to get on the exchange.

Not exactly oodles of exemptions, but not what IBD is claiming either.

Samay said...

Well, "approved by congress" will probably be modified to "approved by Government Agency X" in about the same way all new cars have to be 'approved' - just prove that they're safe and do what they're supposed to do.

But who knows what's possible with the famous 60 votes. Perhaps I should get my pitchfork and torch ready to march on Allstate.