Terry Jeffrey

It is an old maxim that he who pays the piper calls the tune. This is never truer than when the government pays the piper.

As soon as federal money finds its way into any institution, federal bureaucrats and liberal politicians will attempt to run that institution according to their own designs and values.

Ask the people who used to run General Motors.

If they could not fend off the tentacles of Barack Obama and his bureaucratic minions once they accepted a federal bailout, how will middle-class moms and dads and their local doctors and hospitals fend off the same busybodies if they accept a federal bailout for their health care?

It is telling that the House and Senate health care bills do not aim at providing subsidies only to "low-income" people. The subsidies are deliberately aimed that the middle class and come with a mandate that everyone receiving a subsidy must buy their health-insurance plan in the government run "exchange" where federally regulated "private" health insurance plans will compete with the government-run "public option."

"Creates affordability credits to ensure that people with incomes up to 400 percent of federal poverty have affordable health coverage," says the House Ways and Means Committee's summary of the bill. "These credits are phased out according to a schedule defined in the act as individual and family incomes up to 400 percent of poverty and the credits apply only to Exchange-participating plans. Affordability credits reduce the costs of both premium and annual out-of-pocket spending."

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a family of five -- mom, dad and three kids -- would need to earn $103,160 this year to have an income that is 400 percent of the poverty level.

Few will escape the clutches of these subsidies.

Once the government is paying for the health care of most Americans, it will claim the right to make decisions about their health care.

The same moral avatars whose vision has given us more than a million aborted babies per year will be making calls with life-and-death significance for everyone.

If this generation of Americans allows this to happen, we will have betrayed every generation that went before us. They kept our country free and prosperous. We will have doomed our children to live in a country that will never be as free or prosperous again.

Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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