I received an invitation to a health care town hall held by Ms. Tsongas. The e-mail contained a description of the program (nothing on costs or taxes by the way).
It also contained the following statement regarding the plan which also appears on her website: http://tsongas.house.gov/index…
“It guarantees people the freedom to choose the quality, affordable health care that is best for them and their families.
“It ensures that if you like your plan, and the doctor you see or the hospital you use, you can keep it. “
So what is the problem? The bill actually does nothing of the sort. In fact, the legislation will deprive Americans of freedom to choose their health care provider.
How do I know this? I’m no healthcare expert and don’t know anyone who is. But fortunately the good people at Investors Business Daily know some experts and they’ve read the bill. http://www.ibdeditorials.com/I…
Here’s what they found on page 16 of the bill:
It didn’t take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House’s “health care for all Americans” bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. 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 we can all keep our coverage, just as promised – with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
So if you like you plan, you can keep it … just don’t change jobs. And if you want to change your coverage .. well, no can do.
Graciously, Ms. Tsongas has posted the bill on her website. I did read some of the bill including the provision on page 16 which is, just like IBD says, a drastic limitation on freedom to choose your provider. Problem is that the more one reads, the less there is to like.