During the Democratic primaries, Hilary Clinton took a great deal of flak over her comments on punitive actions on those failing to comply with her universal healthcare package, up to and including garnishing wages.
Tonight, we received a similar surprise in the second debate between Senators McCain and Obama. During the debate, McCain informed the viewing audience :
To giving every American a $5,000 refundable tax credit and go out and get the health insurance you want rather than mandates and fines for small businesses, as Sen. Obama’s plan calls for.
If you’re a small business person and you don’t insure your employees, Sen. Obama will fine you. Will fine you. That’s remarkable. If you’re a parent and you’re struggling to get health insurance for your children, Sen. Obama will fine you.
Fine you. Standing alone, this is not an overly powerful statement. What is striking is that Obama did not refute it as he had many, if not most of, McCain’s other talking points. Obama left this unchallenged, adding an air credibility to this charge.
Obama’s health care plan is really beginning to sound like that in Massachusetts, where many opt to pay the fine as the penalty is well less than the cost of health insurance. What if you don’t pay the fine, what penalties does Obama envision then? Will he opt for the garnishment of wages as did his Democratic Party rival ? Obama needs to be pressed hard on these and other punitive actions that he plans for Americans not signing up to his nationalized health care program, i.e. Obamacare.
For those that already have health care, I believe Obama has a plan for us as well, stating during the debate :
So here’s what I would do. If you’ve got health care already, and probably the majority of you do, then you can keep your plan if you are satisfied with it. You can keep your choice of doctor. We’re going to work with your employer to lower the cost of your premiums by up to $2,500 a year.
Well, he’s going to work with my employer to cut my annual premium by up to $2,500, this sounds very appealing. Thinking about this a little more, I am expected to believe that cutting my premiums by this margin, that I can expect the same level of benefits myself and my family currently enjoy ? Right…..
But can my insurance company continue to offer me the same level of coverage at this greatly reduced premium ?
The truth is, IT CAN’T ! This can’t be done, a significant decrease in policy premiums must be offset by a significant decrease in benefits. I believe the Obama plan here is to modify existing plans so much that conversion to the nationalized health care plan is our only option for decent health care coverage at a reasonable price.
For Obamacare, as with Hillarycare, the success of universal health care depends upon universal participation. Obama has just told us how he will make that happen. Fines for those refusing to participate, and making existing health care plans so lacking in coverage, that his plan is the only choice should we want protection similar to what we currently have.
What we are seeing is an amalgamation of failed liberal policies, dressed up in a new suit.
This is certainly not change that we need..