Promises, Promises

To me, the most annoying thing about Barry is his, let’s call it, disingenuousness. He keeps repeating the following mantra: “If you like your health-care plan, you keep your health-care plan. If you like your doctor, you keep your doctor.”

Sure, there is nothing being considered which explicitly mandates that people be moved to a government plan, but the logic of a “public option” is that over time, most people will be forced out of the health plan they currently like.

Even the Washington Post agrees:

…President Obama promises that, if health-care reform is enacted, people will be able to keep their current coverage.

“I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren’t listening: If you like your health-care plan, you keep your health-care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health-care plan,” he said Saturday in a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colo., much as he said Friday in Belgrade, Mont., and earlier in the week in Portsmouth, N.H.

However, under legislation drafted by House and Senate Democrats, that would not necessarily be true.

Legislation written by three House committees and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions would allow eligible employers to move workers into a new marketplace for insurance, where they could choose from various coverage options.

In the marketplace, called an exchange or gateway, employees could end up with more and better options, analysts say. Even a top Republican staffer to the Senate committee, who is not authorized to speak for the record, agrees with that assessment. But Democratic legislative aides said there is no assurance that any of the options offered in the exchange would be the same as employees’ current coverage.

Because coverage offered through an exchange would have to comply with new requirements, it could easily be different.

At a minimum, the exchanges would be open to small employers, but government officials would have the discretion to open the exchanges to larger employers.

“Over time, the Exchange will be opened to additional employers as another choice for covering their employees,” the three House committees said in a July summary of the emerging legislation.

The legislation could also prompt some employers to drop coverage, congressional budget analysts say…

The same thing goes for “death panels.” It is perfectly reasonable to believe that if a public plan is passed, somewhere down the road when the “unfunded liabilities” explode, a government panel will decide who gets to live and who gets to die.

Maybe that’s a reasonable solution to curbing the cost of the ever-increasing number of effective diagnostic and treatment techniques. But at least the politicians and leftist activists should be honest about it and stop dismissing critics as crazies intent on spreading lies.

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