by the Left Coast Rebel
It's funny, I've been checking into the liberal site FireDogLake for up to date information on the health care reform running through the Senate. It's funny because I assume it is a Democratic site that I agree with. Did I mention that they absolutely loathe the Senate health care reform? Of course, they argue for universal coverage, the single payer provision, etc. But they are honest about it. Headlined at Memeorandum, this is from the start page:
The Senate's health care bill must be killed.Today FDL has a list of the 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill, basically here is what they came up with if the Senate bill passes, see what you think:
It is an ungodly mess of errors, loopholes, and massive giveaways. When the American people find out what's actually in this bill, they will revolt. Congress and President Obama have no choice but to do better for health care than this bill.
Top 10 Reasons to Kill Senate Health Care Bill
- Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not.
- If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
- Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can’t afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
- Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
- Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
- Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.
- Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
- Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
- No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
- The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year — meaning in 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.
There is hope America. The reason that they are pulling the late night Christmas Eve vote is because they know that they are in the wrong. They know that Americans of all persuasion will be increasingly outraged when they hear more details of this outrage. They know these things and lack the confidence to have this thing out in the light of day. There is hope to stop this!
More on this later.......