Some of the audience members in Reserve wore T-shirts that read, "Hands Off My Health Care," and the loudest cheers were reserved for people who criticized the Obama administration's health care plans.Which prompted this from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has either not read the draft bill in Congress, or is lying through her teeth:
"Please carry a message to Mr. Obama that it will be a cold day in hell before he socializes my county," one man shouted at the cabinet members, who didn't respond.
Emile Hotard, 86, a retired Navy veteran from Reserve, told Sebelius he hopes the administration's health reforms stop short of "something that is universal."
"I see people from Canada every year when I go to Florida, and they're not too sure that the health care they have is good. So why will ours in the United States be better?" he asked.
"This is not a proposal ... that we go to some kind of single-payer plan like many European nations or Canada," Sebelius said. "It is not the proposal. It is not in the bill. It is not in the draft."Actually, Madame Secretary, yes it is:
(A) IN GENERAL- 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 Y1.In other words, under the Team Hopenchange plan you may still be able to write a check to the insurance company of your choice, but it will be for a government-mandated plan at government-mandated prices. Your doctor will be paid at a government-mandated fee from a government-held pot of money (paid by your taxes and your premiums), and if the government decides a procedure is not "cost-effective," you won't be able to get it. It is single-payer in everything but where you write your check.
And for goodness sake, don't get old - Team Hopenchange will require you to go through an "Advanced Care Planning Consultation" every five years. Reason? Well, let's just call it the "Logan's Run" provision.