Democrats, in their endless attempts to sell us their plans for government health care, have made a lot of noises about their plan just being a government health care “option.” “You’ll get to keep your current health care plan,” they tell us. “This isn’t government health care.”
But, in reality, while you will get to keep your current health insurance plan under the bill proposed by Democrats in the House as of the first day that bill takes effect you won’t be able to make any changes to it. If you quit your job and drop your health care you won’t be able to sign up for another plan. If you’re getting your first job and leaving your parents’ health insurance plan to get your own insurance for the first time you won’t have much in the way of choice.
Just government health care.
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:
“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.
So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won’t be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
Democrats can’t be honest about their plans for health care. Because if they were honest about their plans for health care the majority of Americans wouldn’t support them.