Healthcare Townhall Spin Translator


Posted by Ryan Ellis on Thursday, August 6th, 2009, 11:35 AM PERMALINK

Over the August recess, Congressmen will be holding townhalls on healthcare.  There's likely to be a lot of spin and doubletalk from very nervous Democrat members.  If you're going to one, you should bring a copy of this handy translation guide (PDF version).  The guts of it is pasted below:

Spin
Translation
 
No discrimination for pre-existing conditions
One can wait until one gets sick to sign up for coverage, and thereby game the system, costing the rest of us
No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays
You can’t have a health savings account (HSA) even if you want to keep one. If you want to save money on your premium by having a high deductible, the government won’t let you
No cost-sharing for preventive care
An unelected and unaccountable government board of bureaucrats will decide what procedures must be first-dollar, even if you don’t value them
No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill
This only happens in Helen Hunt movies, but Congress will demagogue it anyway to scare us
No gender discrimination
You’ll be forced to have your tax dollars pay for abortion and other things you disagree with. You’ll also be forced to purchase a plan which covers abortion on demand for all nine months
No annual or lifetime caps on coverage
Congress will tell insurance companies how they have to price their coverage and determine risk
Extended coverage for young adults
1. “Children” up to age 30 will be able to stay on their parents’ insurance at taxpayer expense
2. Inculcating the culture of entitlement and preening a generation of welfare-dependents.
Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid
Another red herring that Congress will use to scare people into adopting government medicine

 

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