UPDATE: The RSR alternative:
UPDATE II: But wait, dear readers, there's more! Remember all those Team Hopenchange promises about keeping your private insurance? Well, technically, they're correct - but you better get than plan in place before "the first day of Y1", and you better not lose it - because after that day you will not be able to get a new private plan. They will be illegal. Really:
(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.Make no mistake. dear readers; President Obama and his yes-persons in Congress don't give a rat's ass about you, or health care, or competition, or affordability, or freedom of choice. This legislation isn't about any of that. It's about gaining and maintaining control. It's about making sure our very access to health care is dependent on government, and in particular making sure our very lives are dependent on keeping a certain group of people in power in government. Y'know, those "caring" elites. It's about giving those elites, who are certain they know what's better for us than we do, a mechanism to make sure we make those "better" choices in our lives they decide for us, and a way to keep them in power. We will have no choice.
Hattip: Pat Austin.
UPDATE 16JULY09: Others are noticing this little making private insurance illegal thing, although one of Instapundit's readers says that the language is only part of the story - it makes private insurance illegal unless (further down in the bill) it goes through a government-controlled "Health Insurance Exchange" with government mandated coverage and limits. Same difference, in my humble opinion.