As a Conservative, what we have championed all along this health care debate is YOUR right to keep the plan you want and to keep the Doctor you want. What we have also been championing is the right for you to have the freedom to make your own health care choices.
The Senate and House versions of Obamacare will mean the end of freedom when it comes to the health care choices I mentioned above. The American Enterprise Institute has taken a look at the Senate plan and gives us the info on what we can expect should this Obamanation pass:
The plan before the Senate creates a set of 50 state-based insurance “exchanges” that are established as markets for health plans. Consumers must buy policies from their employers or through the exchanges–but, either way, their choice of coverage is limited to one of four basic insurance plans that the government sanctions.
Private insurers will still compete to offer policies but must model their coverage on one of these four templates. In short, the Senate bill explicitly standardizes health benefits and then establishes elaborate mechanisms (including subsidies and penalties) to pay for them.
Here’s the rub: While these four plans vary from low- to high-cost options, the benefits offered under them are pretty much the same. The difference between the cheaper and pricier plans is mostly the amount of cost sharing (e.g., you pay less for insurance if your co-pays are higher).
In effect, the plan creates a single national health-insurance policy. Consumers’ only real option is to trade higher co-pays for lower premiums. But we’ll all get the same package of benefits established by a series of new agencies and an “insurance czar” seated in Washington.
Once the exchanges are in place, the individual market–the ability to go directly to an insurer and buy a health-care policy–will disappear. You’ll have only two places to buy insurance, in the exchanges or through your workplace.
Now tell me, does that sound like freedom to you?
We still have time to kill this bill as it is currently written as Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com explains, the White House may be putting off the Congressional conference of this bill at least until February.