Monday, September 14, 2009

The Attorney Who Read the Entire H.R. 3200 Health Care Bill

Here's the blog of a retired attorney who has read the entire H.R. 3200 The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. The author, Michael Connelly, teaches Constitutional law. (I found the link to his blog from LRC Blog entry by Thomas DiLorenzo - thank you.)

He has 3 posts on H.R. 3200 and health care "reform" (in fact there are only 3 posts in his blog as of today), and his conclusion seems to be: "It is as bad as you think."

The Truth About the Health Care Bills (8/12/09)
More About the Health Care Bills (8/21/09)

In his "The Truth About the Health Care Bills", the author says [emphasis is mine]:

"Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.

"To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.

"However, as scary as all of that it, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed."

In his posts he cites several examples which have been also covered by this blog. Nice to know my understanding coincides with the constitutional attorney :) He cites:

Heath Choices Commissioner: Obama appointee who will have access to personal, financial, and other information as he/she deems necessary; clear violation of the 4th Amendment

National health care ID card: whether you have a government plan or private plan. Backdoor national ID cards

Health care provided to illegal aliens (Section 246): all the section says is "that affordability credits to help them get insurance are not available to illegals. It does not say that they can’t participate in the overall program and get reduced cost insurance under the so-called “public option”. Nor is there anything in the bill that requires someone to verify their citizenship to get benefits from the Insurance Exchange in the program."

The last one is the issue that so irked Representative Joe Wilson that he shouted "You lie!" during the unusual Presidential address on health care "reform" on September 9. (U.S. presidents do not normally address the Congress other than at the state of the union address.)

But it doesn't really matter, as one of my friends remarked the other day. She used to volunteer at a local hospital, and said they (illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants, however you want to call them) don't pay a dime anyway. They already enjoy a free health care.


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