One of the basic precepts carried through our nation’s history is that the majority rules in a democracy, protecting the rights of the minority, but reflecting the people’s will. A Republic elects representatives to focus the will of the people.
Currently, the people have spoken to the extent that 56% are virulently opposed to government intervention in basic life and death decisions, like health care. Based upon an activist agenda, with no voice of the minority consulted or listened to, our current Democrat-majority disregards the will of the majority.
Both the House and Senate versions of Obamacare create detailed new federal regulations that micromanage all health insurance decisions. Specifically, Section 2713 of the Senate Health Bill would give the recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force the force of law by requiring all health insurance plans to provide coverage (with no patient co-pays) for “items or services that have in effect a rating of “A” or “B” [recommended] in the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.”
Conversely, under Obamacare, last week’s Task Force decision to give annual mammograms a “C” rating (not recommended) will henceforth be viewed by insurers and employers as a justification for discontinuing coverage. This move to give the evidence-based medicine determinations of health experts the force of law is not incidental to Obamacare: this cost control rationing is the very heart of Obamacare’s promise to control health care costs. Trying to convince wayward moderates that Obamacare would control health care costs, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag wrote in the Washington Post last Friday:
“An independent Medicare commission … will ensure that reforming the health-care system is not a one-time event but an ongoing process that implements the most recent progress in medical science with the goal of improving care and lowering costs.”
In other words, when the Obamacare health experts conclude that the “medical science” dictates that women’s mammograms must be cut to meet “the goal of … lowering costs,” then you’ll be out of luck.
The Preventive Task Force has also relegated cervical cancer screens, and men’s prostate cancer exams to ‘C’ status. Then the government lies to us, saying that the Task Force is serving as but an advisory panel, that after all, the current one was appointed by Bush, so what’s the problem. The problem is regardless of who appointed the Commission, it has the force of law carrying out its directives – and the Task Force has been in existence over 25 years – through Reagan, Bush 41, Hillary Care, Dubya, and now to be implemented by Obama.
This administration, and the majority of leadership currently in power, is arrogantly taking the paternalistic stance that ‘Father knows best’ and knows better than us ‘children’ how to spend our money, and decide our health, as well as our collective future. It has forgotten, or doesn’t acknowledge, it was elected to govern and serve, not rule.
During one of his numerous prime time conferences this past summer, the President made the argument that the American people already covered were spending their money with ‘greedy corporate special interests.’ How much better, he argued, to funnel those funds through a compassionate government to allocate their already-spent resources. On the surface, it sounds good. It is part of the left’s design to control 1/5-1/7 (depending on who’s figures on whatever day to support an argument) of the US economy. And through health funds manipulation and ‘behavioral health education and modification,’ control our lives in all other aspects.
But remember, this is the same government that has brought us the US Postal Service (7+ Billion loss), Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (on the verge of bankruptcy), Cash for Clunkers, Amtrak, and booted the ball when providing swine flu vaccine was its only goal. This is the government that already denies Medicare coverage at a three-to-one margin against the top three private insurers – combined.