Ever heard the saying "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence"? That's true for any of the 1,000-plus-page versions of Obamacare.
I've informed you in previous columns of two dirty secrets in Obamacare. Dirty secret No. 3 is the sin of omission. It's what the health care bill doesn't say that will bite you in the end.
In 1,000-plus pages, there's surprisingly sparse coverage or complete avoidance of a host of necessary issues. I would cite pages in the bill, as I've done in my other articles, but there aren't any covering them. These are questions that need specific answers by the Obama administration, as well as by each of our representatives:
--What would the child development methods and values used in training parents during home visitations be? --To whom or what would the national committee that would oversee the entire health care system be accountable?
--What would the extents of power and limitations or boundaries of the national committee be?
--Would the national and regional health care committees eventually run with the power of the Federal Reserve System, as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the health care adviser to the Obama administration, proposes in his book "Healthcare, Guaranteed"?
--Would Medicare be "phased out," as Emanuel proposes in his book?
--Would Medicaid be "phased out," as Emanuel proposes in his book?
--Would employee-provided health insurance eventually cease, as Emanuel proposes in his book?
--Specifically, how would the nation provide and pay for the additional medical and administrative personnel needed to cover roughly 50 million more people?
--Specifically, how would the nation provide and pay for the additional medical facilities and equipment needed to equip the new medical and administrative personnel?
--What are the specific cost projections for such extensive and extra medical personnel, practices, offices and equipment?
--What about the maldistribution of physicians?
--What about tort reform?
--What about class action suits?
--Would illegal immigrants be covered under this program?
--What about the specifics of abortion services? Would taxpayer funds finance them?
--What types and limitations of end-of-life counsel would be offered?
--Any guarantees that the middle class wouldn't be paying for Obamacare eventually?
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