Friday, July 17, 2009

Knock Knock: 'Open up! It's the Obamacare Health Care Police, and we're here for an intervention....'

It's just one more thing to look forward to from Obamacare.


'We are from the government,' says the man, 'and we’re here to help.'

Is this a scene from the over-heated imagination of an addlepated conspiracy theorist? Or is it something akin to what is actually envisioned by the health-care reform bill approved this week by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.

The committee’s official summary of the bill says: 'Authorizes a demonstration program to improve immunization coverage. Under this program, CDC will provide grants to states to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based interventions. States may use funds to implement interventions that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, such as reminders or recalls for patients or providers, or home visits.'

Home visits? What exactly is the state going to do when it sends people to 'implement interventions' in private homes designed 'to improve immunization coverage of children'?"

Perhaps they'll use the "intervention" to find out if there are any undeclared tobacco users who underpay their Obamacare premiums in the household:


"In other words, a person could have been admitted to hospitals three times for heroin overdoses, or been pregnant five times out of wedlock, or been treated for venereal diseases at least once per year for the past five years, but none of these factors could be used to charge that person a higher insurance premium.

If they smoked a pipe it would be a different story—depending, of course, on what was in the pipe. They could be charged a higher premium if it was tobacco—but apparently not if it was marijuana, hashish or crack cocaine.

'Health status underwriting and the imposition of pre-existing condition exclusions are prohibited in all individual and group employer markets,' says the committee’s summary. ' Rates within a geographic region may only vary by family composition, the value of the benefits package, tobacco use, and age by a factor of not more than two to one. Guaranteed issue will be required for all insurers operating in the individual and group health insurance markets.' "

And then, of course, we have the mechanism by which coverage for abortion will be mandated under Obamacare:

After that, it won't be any big deal to morph "mandatory abortion coverage" into just plain old "mandatory abortion", will it?

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