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On Healthcare Reform, the Tax Collector Tolls for Thee
Illinois Review ^ | 01-13-2010 | John F. Di Leo

Posted on 01/13/2010 7:12:04 AM PST by jfd1776

On Healthcare Reform, the Tax Collector Tolls for Thee by John F. Di Leo

Quietly, over the weekend, the Associated Press released a short news item grudgingly admitting that the Senate’s healthcare bill would cause insurance premiums to rise. Some of the AP’s outlets didn’t even spike it; Yahoo featured it all day on their homepage, and even the Chicago Tribune didn’t totally bury it; the Trib printed it in their Sunday edition… either with surprising honesty, or perhaps by accident, on the Obituaries page.

Of course, while it’s nice that they’re admitting it at last, the fact that this program will cause premiums to rise isn’t the only thing wrong with the bill. The entirety of “healthcare reform,” as the Democrats have designed it, will do far more damage than that; it is the slow nationalization of a fifth of our economy – and if they have their way, the wreckage of far more.

When conservatives shout that the government is trying to nationalize a fifth of the economy, many think it's an exaggeration. They think of healthcare reform as being just about making health insurance cheaper, or enabling hospitals to charge less for costly procedures. Frankly, it could be. The many Republican proposals for tort reform, insurance mandate reductions, and tax law changes (such as extending deductibility of health insurance to individuals who pay for it themselves) would indeed lower the cost of healthcare and make health insurance more affordable to more Americans.

But that's not what the Democrat bills are designed to do.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: economy; healthcare; reform

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