A round-up of reasons, in no particular order:
"16M uninsured U.S. citizens pay a penalty tax. 8M uninsured illegal aliens do not." (via Instapundit)
"According to reports, Reid's plan would leave 24 million people uninsured in 2019. That is approximately the same number of people that some studies show who are currently uninsured because they can't afford health insurance." (via Maggie's Farm)There is no concensus for this
. 81% say their own personal health care is good or excellent
(via Maggie's Farm
). It is not supported or called for by the public
, and is opposed by a united opposition (via Instapundit). They have to bribe people to get it passed
Congress isn't willing to submit to the plan they want to impose on the rest of us
The plan does nothing to fix the programs that need urgent attention and reform. It is "a welfare program masquerading as health care reform."
It is full of pork and political favoritism. It will politicize health care and medical research, "will harm America’s health and finances, and hamper medical innovations needed to save patients’ lives."
The plan will increase the deficit and cost twice as much as predicted.
The plan steals from the young to benefit the old (that's not only immoral, it's socialism: not good for Americans or other living things)
It raises taxes that will hurt people, hurt the medical industry, and hurt the economy. Including a new marriage penalty tax (via Maggie's Farm).
It will kill jobs (via John Goodman's Health Policy Blog).
It will expand economy-killing, taxpayer-subsidized bureaucracies. And we all know government bureaucracies are just what we want handling our personal medical care.
The pain starts now, but the benefits will be delayed (if they materialize at all)
The good news is that the Senate has temporarily removed the jail sentences for non-compliance included by the House. Temporarily. And if it comes back and is passed into law? Contemplate some civil disobedience. (via Maggie's Farm)
Just great news for our beloved country and our fellow Americans, all around. Thanks, Democrats. Thanks for nothing.
Another reason: It will kill off the medical care escape for needy Canadians.
The ugly truth is that nobody understands what the impact of this legislation will be on health care in general, the various industries, or the innovation of new technology that can make our lives better and longer. Nobody knows. Not the smartest surgeons you will ever meet, not portfolio managers who make it their business to be expert in health care and invest billions of dollars based on that expertise, not the sharpest securities analysts, not the CEOs or CFOs of hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, or medical technology companies, not academics who study public policy, not the lobbyists who are fighting for or against this legislation (or to avoid taxes and get benefits for their particular clients), and definitely not the key players in the United States Congress and the Obama administration. I know this, because I talk to many of these people in my day job. Nobody knows what will happen as the result of this legislation, other than that more people will have some form of insurance coverage and the "rich" will pay much higher taxes to make that happen. The rest of it is a leap in the dark.
Isn't that reason enough for any responsible person to oppose this legislation?
UPDATE: Another reason, and a not inconsiderable one: it's unConstitutional. Anything that would make our Founding Fathers spin in their graves is never a good idea.
UPDATE: Dick Morris believes Obamacare can be defeated and is working tirelessly to do that. (Via Maggie's Farm) See also "What Obamacare Will Do to You?" at HughHewitt.com. Lots of examples like this one:
Here is where I see Obamacare having a profound effect on us. If there is a limit placed on the deductible, and the elimination of the HSA, our plan would be eliminated. We would be forced into a higher premium plan. So much for “if you like your insurance, you can keep it”. With the shortage of the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, the change in the recommendations for mammograms and pap smears, I can see the future, and I don’t like it. Right now I have complete freedom to seek my own medical treatments without having to ask the government, or any one else for permission. If I don’t like the decision by my insurance company, I can dispute it, and I have an 800 number to speak to Customer Service. Under Obamacare the treatments and innovation won’t even be there for me to use, and who will we be able to call to complain? The short answer to the effect on us is MORE expensive insurance and LESS choice in medical treatment.
I live in Illinois, and the person I would like to hear interviewed to defend Obamacare is our own Senator Dick Durbin. I have written to him at least two dozen times over the course of the summer and fall. I have asked him how I can keep my insurance, which he keeps insisting I can, when he will mandate what I must purchase. I have asked him how he can vote for a bill when he does not know what is in it, or how it will affect us, or how the inevitable mistakes in it will be corrected. I have asked him how I will dispute a denial of service from the public option, and who I would sue for any resulting damages. That is just a sample of some of the concerns I have, but I have received NO satisfactory response. I know it is just wishful thinking, but I would really like to hear him defend this in a tough interview. He actually sent me an e-mail claiming that 80% supported the public option! I’d like to know where he got that figure.
Labels: misadventures in socialized health care