Michael van der Galien

Democrats’ Plan To Cut Off Health Care

Posted on January 2 2010 10:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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In their zeal to impose a health care “reform” package built around demonization of insurance companies and the massive transfer of new enrollees onto various government programs, many of our lefty friends have been conspicuously silent whenever asked about how the expansion of these entitlements will be paid for. It is, however, not possible to extend their calculated “silent treatment” to the actual text of the bills. The current crop of proposals draw funding from two primary sources: (1) a tax imposed on “Cadillac” health care insurance plans, and, (2) cuts in payments to doctors under Medicare.

When one looks closely at both of these planned revenue streams, however, the reason for the left’s “silent treatment” becomes all too clear — both actually wind up cutting off health care access rather than expanding it. The “Cadillac” health plan tax will not be applied to the truly wealthy (who don’t need health insurance at all), but rather to blue-collar and middle-class workers who have obtained such health plans in lieu of wage increases. Quite simply, these workers will not be able to pay the tax that Democrats impose on them after 2013. What they will be forced to do is decrease their benefits to a lower level, which by definition decreases access and reveals as false President Obama’s oft-repeated commitment that those who enjoy their current coverage would be allowed to keep it.

Read more at PoliGazette.

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