By Tom Quiner

Obamacare grants 1,968 powers to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

I just got back from the dentist.

I’ve been going to the same dentist forever. I like him and I trust him. He and his staff have served my entire family well.

The Center for Health Transformation has just released a chart (above) that shows how intrusive Obamacare is going to be to the health care industry. Even your dental hygienist is going to have to tow the mark and do it the way the government tells her to do it.

The above chart showcases 1968 new powers granted to the Secretary of Health and Human, Kathleen Sebelius. Let me share just one:

“Tooth-level surveillance” — Section 4102– (2) NATIONAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION EXAMINATION SURVEY. The Secretary shall develop oral healthcare components that shall include tooth-level surveillance for inclusion in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey … the term ‘tooth-level surveillance’ means a clinical examination where an examiner looks at each dental surface, on each tooth in the mouth and as defined by the Division of Oral Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is not the role of the federal government to tell my dentist how to clean my teeth. This is but one small example of government overreach by President Obama and his party.

I was pleased to read this morning that Iowa’s newly elected governor, Terry Branstad, has allowed the State of Iowa to join the class action lawsuit against Obamacare filed by the State of Florida.

I have four major problems with Obama. First, it’s illegal. The federal government has no business telling us we have to purchase a product we don’t want.

Secondly, it will make our health system worse, not better. If you want better healthcare in America, make markets more free, not less free.

Thirdly, we can’t afford it. What government program doesn’t cost a ton more than projected? Look at Social Security and Medicare for proof.

Finally, Democrats pointedly refused to exclude abortion from Obamacare. Any law that puts people of faith in the position of paying to abort babies is immoral.

Are free markets really better than government-controlled markets? Watch the great economist, Milton Freidman, discuss the premise with former talk show host, Phil Donohue.

I trust someone I can fire (my doctor) a lot more than someone I can’t (a government bureaucrat).


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  1. Brian on January 20, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I had never thought of this before, but have you called your private health insurance company to ask if they cover abortion? Because if they do, you are already helping to pay for abortions.

    Are there any health insurance companies that don’t cover abortion? If you find out, Tom, would you post the information?

  2. quinersdiner on January 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    It’s a good question. My understanding is some do and some don’t. Consumers have the choice to select companies that do or don’t based on their own ethical compass. Obamacare doesn’t provide that choice.

  3. Brian on January 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Tom, Obamacare was going to force people to buy health insurance. We’ll see if that stands, as that provision was recently overturned by a judge. But people could still select any company they wanted.

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