I’m a “Senior Citizen.” I love that title even though I feel like a kid after being on the Hallelujah Acres Diet and Lifestyle for almost 35 years. Well anyway, as a Senior Citizen, only a few years away from my 80th birthday, I am on the Government’s mailing list for Medicare information.
Recently I received a 4-page full-color brochure that begins with, “A Message from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services.”The brochure then went on to say:
“The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality health care.”
That’s just not true! Rather it will add billions if not trillions of dollars to this country’s debt without improving the health of the American people.
This full-color brochure, sent out to over 50 million seniors (at taxpayers’ expense) is merely propaganda designed to make senior citizens think Government is watching out for them. It is also designed to hopefully help garner support among senior citizens for a health care bill that nearly 60% of the American people want repealed.
The letter continues:
“It will also ensure accountability throughout the health care system so that you, your family, and your doctor—not insurance companies—have greater control over your care.”
Here they are once again demonizing the insurance companies while saying that this new health care law will provide “you, your family, and your doctor greater control over your care.”
This is also absolutely untrue! It will not provide you, your family, and your doctor greater control over your care. Rather it will provide government greater control over you and your health care.
“These are needed improvements that will keep Medicare strong and solvent. Your guaranteed Medicare benefits won’t change . . . . you will see new benefits and cost savings, and an increased focus on quality to ensure that you get the care you need.”
Here they use the word “solvent” when the projected costs for this new health care system will increase by trillions of dollars.
In Canada and England where they have health care plans similar to the one recently signed into law here in the United States, they are already in insolvency and are having to ration care, especially for the elderly, while the quality of health care continues to decline.
IMPROVEMENTS IN MEDICARE YOU WILL SEE RIGHT AWAY
“More affordable Prescription Drugs – . . . . this year, you will receive a one-time, $250 rebate check . . . . Next year you can get free preventive care services . . . .”
IMPROVEMENTS IN MEDICARE YOU WILL SEE SOON
“Better Access to Care; Your choice of doctors will be preserved; The law increases the number of primary care doctors, nurses and physician assistants to provide better access to care . . . . Better Chronic Care . . . . “
IMPROVEMENTS BEYOND MEDICARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN COUNT ON
“Improves Long-Term Care Choices. . . . Helps Early Retirees. . . . Helps People with Pre-existing Conditions. . . . Insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition for children starting in September, and for adults in 2014. . . . Insurance companies will be banned from establishing lifetime limits on your coverage . . . . Young people up to age 26 can remain on their parents’ health insurance policy starting in September.”
Government tells us that they are going to expand Medicare, offering a plethora of new benefits, including covering pre-existing conditions, with no lifetime limits, keep children till age 26 on parents’ policy, and add 20 million new patients, while at the same time telling us they are going to cut costs.
“In 2018, seniors can expect to save on average almost $200 per year in premiums and over $200 per year in co-insurance compared to what they would have paid without the new law.”
As I conclude my remarks I want to bring to your attention a few very important items. The President and Congress were not able to pass Government Controlled Health Care (Socialized Medicine), which was their stated goal. What they did accomplish was setting into motion laws that will bring about what they desire in the future.
By requiring the Insurance Industry to pay for pre-existing conditions, banning establishing lifetime limits, and paying for young people’s health care until age 26, government will force one of the least profitable industries in America to pay out claims with dollars in excess of what the premiums bring in.
With the government requiring by law the insurance industry absorb these additional costs beyond what premium dollars provide, insurance companies will be forced out of business. And guess who will then absorb all health-care costs in America – Government.
And where will Government get the money to pay all these health-care benefits? From we the people! Government can never give the people something without first taking it from the people. And thus we will all be forced into a system of government controlled health care, which is called Socialized Medicine.
There is not one single solitary word in the above brochure about preventive medicine or asking Senior Citizens to improve their health through improved diet and lifestyle so that they will not have need of expensive health care.
Our government is not concerned about the health of its citizens, but rather it is doing everything it can to control the citizens. If they can take control of our physical bodies through a government controlled Health Care plan, they will have complete control of our pocketbooks as well.