Park City, UT (PressExposure) October 08, 2009 -- OH MY GOD!!! We can't cover ILLEGAL ALIENS in the new health care bill! NEWSFLASH- We already do!! And honestly, would you want it any other way?? Would you want to live in a country where if a person went in to the emergency room who was badly bleeding, or had a broken bone would be TURNED AWAY and told "Sorry, we can't treat you, you're here ILLEGALLY!" Would you want to live in a country where people would be let die just because they don't have "proper documentation"? I certainly hope not.
This is an article I came across from a very reputable bi-partisan source. The claims that are being made by opponents of health care reform are nothing but lies, and it was passed around in a very large chain email to try to scare people. Here are just a couple of my favorites. See the link at the end of this article for the full story from FactCheck.org.
* "YOUR HEALTH CARE WILL BE RATIONED!" FALSE!!!! It says nothing whatsoever about "rationing" or anything of the sort. Actually, it's favorable to families and individuals, placing an annual cap on what they could pay out of pocket if covered by a basic, "essential benefits package." The limits would be $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for a family.
* "A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE WILL DECIDE WHAT TREATMENTS AND BENEFITS YOU GET" FALSE!! Actually, the section starting on page 30 sets up a "private-public advisory committee" headed by the U.S. surgeon general and made up of mostly private sector "medical and other experts" selected by the president and the comptroller general. The advisory committee would have only the power "to recommend" what benefits are included in basic, enhanced and premium insurance plans. It would have no power to decide what treatments anybody will get. Its recommendations on benefits might or might not be adopted.
* "ALL NON-US CITIZENS, ILLEGAL OR NOT, WILL BE PROVIDED WITH FREE HEALTHCARE SERVICES." FALSE!! That's simply not what the bill says at all. This page includes "SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE," which says that "[e]xcept as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services." However, the bill does explicitly say that illegal immigrants can't get any government money to pay for health care. Page 143 states: "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States." And as factcheck.org has said before, current law prohibits illegal immigrants from participating in government health care programs.
I'm so tired of the scare tactics and lies. And I really don't understand - WHY is everyone so 'scared' of a public option?? As the video from my last post points out, a public option is simply competition. If it's better and more affordable, then it works, and we all win!! If it's NOT, then it will simply fail. The reason 'everyone' (ie. the insurance companies and everyone who believes their lies) is so scared, is because then they might actually have to be FAIR with people. They might actually have to STOP DISCRIMINATING against people with pre-existing conditions (like me). They might actually have to PAY for preventative care for people in situations like mine.
Please take a few minutes out of your day and read the full article from factcheck.org. Educate yourself on what the bill ACTUALLY says.