By Tom Quiner

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Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius, has issued two major threats to the healthcare industry.

Threat #1: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

Taking a cue from the Communist Party, Ms. Sibelius asked Americans to turn in their neighbor if they said something “fishy”  about the radical legislation her party was promoting.  She made this statement last August (’09) as Democrats were getting hammered in townhall meetings by constituents who had turned against the Democrats’ vision of socialized medicine.

Imagine if former President Bush had tried such a stunt.  The media would have crucified him.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that health insurance companies are being forced to raise premiums because of looming higher costs wrought by ObamaCare.  This led to her next threat.

Threat #2: Calling the increases unjustified, the HHS Secretary said, “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. We will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.”

Ms. Sibelius’ holds a serious club over these private businesses.  She can run them out of business by barring them from the coming new state-run insurance exchanges. Obamacare will determine what is fair, not the CFOs of the companies.  Many Americans are okay with that until they lose their existing coverage.  Health insurance companies may be run out of business if they can’t increase rates to keep ahead of the higher costs imposed by Obamacare.

Former Speaker, Newt Gingrich commented a few weeks ago that “The new healthcare law is one of the largest pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress. It is now apparent that despite good intentions, this law will increase healthcare costs, cut Medicare for seniors and result in many people losing coverage under their current insurance plan.”

Mr. Gingrich points out three specific consequences of Obamacare:

1. It will create a new tax on prescription drugs.

2. It will create new taxes on specialty wheelchairs, pacemakers, and other medical devices.

3. It will cut Medicare benefits for seniors.

This just scratches the surface of the concerns Americans have about this overreach by the Federal Government.

Obamacare is not going to be repealed.  It us unrealistic to think that even if Republicans regain both houses of Congress that they can muster the votes to override the certain Obama veto.

Obamacare, with the support of Iowa’s own, Congressman Leonard Boswell, is an albatross we’re most likely stuck with the rest of our lives.  For this reason alone, Mr. Boswell deserves to be replaced by Brad Zaun, Republican, who is running for his seat.

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  1. maxine bechtel on September 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Despite widespread objections by the citizens of this country, the Democrat stranglehold in WA twisted arms and got any would-be protesting lawmakers to hold their noses and vote Obamacare into law, promising them they could read the thousand-plus page monstrosity after they passed it. We are slowly discovering all the horrific repercussions that this bill will inflict on those of us in the so-called “Golden Years” of life! If the Obama Regime has its way, we will have a healthcare system just like Canada’s and England’s. It is obvious that healthcare in Canada is something less than ideal when a high-ranking Canadian official. felt it necessary to come to the United States to have heart surgery! Additionally, in England, no one over 59 can receive heart repairs or stents or bypass surgery because it is considered to be too expensive and not “needed”. Obamacare includes provisions for extensive rationing of health care for senior citizens. The author of one specific part of the bill, former senator and tax evader, Tom Daschle said before his ignominious departure from public office, , , “Health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.” This blatant attitude should raise the ire of all senior citizens, especially when we remember that our esteemed Senators and Congressmen have their own healthcare plan that is first dollar or very low co-pay which they are guaranteed for the remainder of their lives. Nor are they subject to Obamacare! It behooves all of us to fervently urge our elected lawmakers to repeal this flawed dangerous piece of socialized medicine before it goes into full effect!

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