Medicare for All=Tyranny for All

The Medicare For All bill introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) is a frontal assault on individual freedom, chock-full of rules, regulations, proscriptions, vote-buying, slush funds and handouts for Democrat special interest groups. Jayapal’s bill is similar to the Sanders bill, and both are awful. If passed, the full noxious effects will not be felt for years to come. Here are some of the more immediate consequences, gleaned from my slog through this 120-page nightmare.

In a cynical attempt to buy votes, illegal aliens will be covered (Section 104 {a}). It’s outrageous, but we’ll be made to pay for the health care of people who have broken our immigration laws. And just to rub our noses in it, Section 104(b) gives illegals the right to sue for “discrimination” in Federal court. This is to prevent states from passing laws to exclude illegal aliens from healthcare coverage. It’s a giveaway to two Democrat constituency groups: trial lawyers and the pro-immigration lobby. Combine universal health care with open borders, and the current flood of illegals now crashing our southern border will turn into a tsunami.

Every child will be enrolled at birth, per Section 105 (1). Parents will have no choice.

Private health insurance will be outlawed, per Sec. 107 (a) (i). Take note, union members – teachers, government employees, members of trade unions – your hard-won deluxe plans will be gone forever. Senior citizens will lose Medicare, a program they have depended upon and which was designed for them, per Title VII (I), breaking 54 years of promises dating back to Medicare’s inception in 1965. Seniors, along with the taxes they’ve paid over a lifetime of work, will be absorbed into the new program. This is the statist no-compete clause. Government can’t compete on a level playing field, so they’re eliminating the competition.

The Jayapal plan, like the revised 2019 Sanders plan, far exceeds what Canada covers (Sec. 201.) This includes, but is not limited to: medical devices, dentistry, prescription drugs, long-term care, audiology, vision, and alternative treatments like acupuncture. The original plan cost an estimated (in 2017-2018) $3.5 trillion per year. At this point, the price tag with the major additions is $3.5 trillion plus??? For context, the entire Federal budget is $4.7 trillion. Democrats have not put a price tag on this bill for an obvious reason: they don’t want us to know.

If our health care is ever nationalized, it will be open season on the unborn and on faith. Section 104 forbids discrimination based on pregnancy. If doctors refuse to do abortions for religious reasons, they risk being disciplined or sued in Federal court. And there are no funding limits. Title VII, Section (3) reads, “Any other provision of law in effect on the date of the enactment of this act restricting the use of Federal funds for any reproductive health service shall not apply to monies in the Trust Fund.” Since the Trust Fund is where the monies come from to pay for the entire program, it will be abortion on demand, no limits.

The right to privately contract with a doctor for covered services will be illegal (Sec. 303.) One of the most basic rights of free people will be illegal. This is to make sure is the government is the sole provider of health care and that everyone waits in line, like in Canada. Canadians wait an average of 5 months for treatment after referral from their GP. That’s five months of pain.

This plan will create mammoth new bureaucracies, starting with Regional Health Offices (Sec. 403.) Each office will be headed by a Regional Director and Deputy Director. Then there’s the Beneficiary Ombudsman (Sec. 404), who is supposed to receive complaints from the public and ostensibly act on behalf of citizens, but can’t actually do anything about their complaints (Section 404 says the Ombudsman can only suggest programmatic changes.) The law also births the Office of Primary Healthcare (Sec. 615.) Nationalization will create millions of new bureaucrats, who will become union members. Their union dues will go directly into the coffers of the Democrat party as campaign contributions. Money laundering? You bet.

If passed, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will have the power of life and death over every resident of the United States. The term “the Secretary shall” appears no fewer than 87 times. The Secretary will have the power to approve drugs and new treatments (Sec. 203 {1}), will decide who is covered (Sec. 201 {b}) and how much doctors are paid (Sec. 612). The Secretary of HHS will dictate the number of doctors and nurses per hospital patient, per Section 302 (b). The Secretary will also make rules about professional training for doctors and nurses (Sec. 302 {c}.) The Secretary is charged with writing the regulations that will run the entire health care sector (Section 401.) And in case they forgot to grab every last bit of power, Section 401 (k) reads, “…any other regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of this act.” This is not even close to listing all of the powers granted the Secretary under this insane act.

The Secretary will establish a “national health budget” per Title VI, Section 601(a). There’s no mention of how much it will cost or how it’s paid for.

Within the national health budget are line items for capital expenditures, special projects and administrative costs, Title VI Section 601 (2) (b), (c), (f). If your local hospital needs new medical equipment or a new wing it must be approved by the regional office director and the Secretary of HHS. They will hand out checks with one hand while twisting arms with the other.

The Secretary will have the authority to confiscate any drug or medical device she deems necessary to carry out the program, section 616 (1). Think of the frightening precedent this sets. Inventors don’t own their inventions? The government can commandeer them? Kiss private property rights and medical innovation goodbye.

Outside of wartime, this is the biggest power-grab in American history. Democrats have been itching to take over healthcare since FDR. They blew it with Obamacare and they know it. They will not settle for a partial takeover this time. If they gain sufficient majorities in Congress and the Presidency, they will move heaven and earth to pass this bill, or another just like it. We must oppose this at every turn: in quiet conversations with friends and neighbors, at town hall meetings, in the union halls, in our houses of worship, with our campaign contributions and of course, with our votes. Our hard-won freedoms compel us. Our dignity as free people demands it. Our children’s future and that of future generations depend on it.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

 

Author: theboisterousseas

My name is Mike Morrongiello. Don't be fooled by my title (Doctor), I'm just a regular Joe who goes to work every day just like you do. I know New York City. I was born and raised there. I know Upstate. I've lived here for 27 years. I know politics. I've been a Republican Chairman and Vice-Chairman. I've run for office twice. The local newspapers have printed scores of my articles. Visit my evolving blog and read my latest posts.

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