Sunday, July 1, 2012

What "ObamaCare" Promises

This is the list of promises from the White House.  President Obama plans to get re-elected based on these promises and it is no surprise that the reforms are set for another election cycle. Just think of the puppet strings he will pull to make good on these. Or will it even matter by then?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law (Pub. L. No. 111-148) on March 23, 2010. The law makes specific reference to assisted suicide in only one section. It does not explicitly prohibit assisted suicide participation, promotion or encouragement.  Instead, it contains a “prohibition against discrimination on assisted suicide,” stating that individuals or institutional health care entities may not be subject to discrimination if they do not provide items or services for the purpose of assisted suicide (Sec. 1553).  Such wording seems to imply that assisted suicide is acceptable and expected, although not something in which health care providers must be involved.

In a July 7, 2010 recess appointment, President Obama named Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  Berwick’s past statements have led to extreme controversy.  Among them was one in a 2008 article in which he wrote:

“Rational common interests and rational individual interests are in conflict….The stakes are high. Indeed, the Holy Grail of universal coverage in the United States may remain out of reach unless, through rational collective action overriding some individual self-interest, we can reduce per capita costs.”

Under ObamaCare, a single committee – the United States Preventative Task Force – is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans.

Related reading: What Americans Should Do After the Supreme Court's Ruling on ObamaCareMedical Insurance for Christians; US Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Individual Mandate as a taxFull text of decision (6/28/12); This is a Test: Do You Know This Man?

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