As Heritage first broke, Obama seems to have missed a major provision in the bill, and one that has been perhaps the most criticized by those on both sides of the aisle. The “option” part of “public option” is looking more and more like a “choice” like in “pro-choice” in that it could be deadly. Investor’s Business Daily took on the Section 102 provision a week ago:
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:
“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.
So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
In the phone call to lefty bloggers, Obama mentions that he is not familiar with the provision. He goes on to say that he would not vote for the bill if it made it tougher for people to keep their health insurance so (pull tongue out of cheek for a moment) we really should give him credit if he is sincere.
However, like most Obama-isms, he carefully worded his statement to not include any of the provisions discussed, specifically that even if you can hold the health insurance company at first, any change in your situation (job change or loss for example) would force you on to the public “option.”
This would particularly affect most young people that he likes to claim are the ones he supports. I think it would be fair to say that most people in the college-aged and just-graduated age range are either still on their parents’ health insurance policy or are utilizing a policy at their first job, which will likely not be their last. That would mean that the public “option” would be the only choice if we dared to come out from under our parents’ nest or dare to change jobs to advance in a career or change careers.
Obama pretends that this health care issue is one for the Millenials since so many are without health insurance, but forcing people our age to enter into his system is no way to encourage a healthier America.