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Obamacare: The House Bill and Obama’s Lies (Part 5)

Rationing & Gov’t Access to Your Money

This bill is so huge, and so bad, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to start. But today we’ll take a look at how the government will be authorized to access your bank accounts any time you seek medical services and to extract what they decide is your financial responsibility at the time services are rendered. As usual, the President and his cronies believe if they lie to you with a straight face you’ll believe them and support this government intrusion into your life. Then it will be too late.

Beginning on page 57 of the bill, under the heading sec. 1173A. STANDARDIZE ELECTRONIC ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSACTION, we find the following:

‘‘(2) GOALS FOR FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSACTIONS.—The goals for standards under paragraph (1) are that such standards shall—

‘‘(A) be unique with no conflicting or redundant standards;
(B) be authoritative, permitting no additions or constraints for electronic transactions, including companion guides;
‘‘(C) be comprehensive, efficient and robust, requiring minimal augmentation by paper transactions or clarification by further communications;
‘‘(D) enable the real-time (or near real time) determination of an individual’s 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 facility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card;
‘‘(E) enable, where feasible, near real-time adjudication of claims;

*emphasis mine

Now we don’t know about you, but whenever the government is trying to help us and this great bill that’s going to do all these wonderful things for us promises Big Brother will have “authoritative” powers over us, that’s troublesome.  We mean, if this bill is so benign and so wonderful, it seems lawmakers could count on its beneficiaries voluntarily embracing it, abiding by it.  There’s no imaginable reason why a bill that would truly benefit everyone would need to establish “authoritative” powers over those it purports to “help.”

In the above passage though, paragraph (D) is the really dangerous stipulation.

This bill is being sold by the President’s team as free health care for all.  According to him and his cronies, once his system is in place, all anyone will have to do is walk into any medical facility seeking treatment and, in this most wonderful world of all worlds, and receive the best treatment from the best doctors working in the best system in the best country in the best world in the best universe.  Peaches and cream, cookies and milk, and all the best things you can imagine.  Right?


If this plan is so wonderful, and we’ll be able to walk in and get “free” healthcare everywhere, why does the government even need to determine an “individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service”?  Wouldn’t we all be eligible for all services with all physicians at all facilities?  And then of course there’s the issue of the National Health Card, sort of all-in-one card that can access virtually all necessary information to determine your financial responsibility and your qualifications to determine when, where, and by whom you can receive health care services.  Now how exactly do you think one card can provide such a plethora of information?

The answer’s really pretty obvious.

To determine your financial responsibility, the card can simply access IRS records and determine your income and tax liability for the previous year.  Of course, to determine your eligibility the card would pull data from the electronic medical records system Obama has often spoken of.  He always states the purpose of this database will be to streamline record keeping and save money.  But, hey!  If it serves an additional purpose that’s more bang for the buck.

So here we see the electronic record system may well be designed more to make it easy for the government to determine your eligibility for services than saving money.  Unless…wait a minute…could it really be?  Doesn’t this sound like the electronic records may now be used to limit your access to health care?

Folks, that’s rationing.  Plain and simple.  Don’t let this forked-tongue President fool you any longer!

But there’s even more.  A little more reading in the bill brings us to page 59, where buried in a paragraph titled “(4)Requirements for Specific Standards” (still with regards to financial and administrative transactions) we find the following little gem.

‘‘(C) enable electronic funds transfers, in order to allow automated reconciliation with the related health care payment and remittance advice;

So we have an electronic records database and a machine-readable National Health Card so the government will be able to ration our care and immediately collect electronic automated payments to cover the free health care services we receive.  And exactly how can this supercard collect our payment on the spot, for our rationed health care?

By directly accessing your bank account!  That’s the only way this can work!  Regardless how many times President Obama lies to you and says his system won’t have access to your bank account, regardless how many times he lies and says rationing won’t result from his plan, that’s what this bill says!

There is no reason to support HR 3200.  That is, unless you want rationed care and government control over your bank account to pay for your free health care.

August 13, 2009 - Posted by | Health Care | , , , , ,

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