Five Freedoms lost under Obamacare

In full community organizer mode, President Barack Obama (D) conducted a Town Hall rally for health care (insurance) reform (sic) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Stating he welcomed debate on the issue, "We should talk with each other, not at each other" he patronizingly talked down to the audience, winking at one woman who questioned him.

So, ok, let's talk with each other--with facts not at each other with puffy generalities and put downs of those who disagree. Unlike the legislators who will vote on the health care bills and the White House aides and lackeys condemning those who oppose it, Shawn Tully, editor at large of Forbes Magazine has actually read the thousands of pages of the proposed bills and discovered

"You'll lose 5 key freedoms under Obama's health care plan."

Uh oh!

President Obama has repeatedly reassured Americans that they can keep their existing health plans -- and that the benefits and access they prize will be enhanced through reform.

A close reading of the two main bills, one backed by Democrats in the House and the other issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy's Health committee, contradict the President's assurances. To be sure, it isn't easy to comb through their 2,000 pages of tortured legal language. But page by page, the bills reveal a web of restrictions, fines, and mandates that would radically change your health-care coverage.

But that's not what the president says! That's not what the president's web site s promise. Providing facts from the proposed legislation, Tully then carefully details what Americans will lose.

Let's explore the five freedoms that Americans would lose under Obamacare:

1. Freedom to choose what's in your plan...

2. Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs...

3. Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage ...

4. Freedom to keep your existing plan ...

5. Freedom to choose your doctors...

As Tully sums up

In short, the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage -- including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money -- but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can't have. It's a revolution, all right, but in the wrong direction.
And all the president's web sites and all the president's acolytes' condemnations couldn't put health care (insurance) reform together again.

So let's not talk Mr. President; you've messed up enough.


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