One Size Fits All Health Care

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Nov 11, 2009 3:36 PM
There's been plenty of coverage about the outrage on the left incited by the Stupak amendment.  But what lots of the MSM coverage has neglected is what should really be upsetting Americans, pro-choice and pro-life alike -- and that's the one-size-fits-all health care that Pelosi's "reforms" will impose on all of us.

From a Jake Tapper report:

The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says that the Stupak amendment does not prohibit by law private insurance companies from offering plans that include abortion coverage to women not receiving government subsidies.

But many in the abortion-rights community say the amendment will likely have that effect because so many Americans would be receiving a subsidy, insurance companies would drop abortion coverage so as to appeal to the largest number of consumers possible.

Let's all think about what that means.  By that logic, the plans open to those receiving government subsidies would effectively determine what health care benefits are available to us all -- if they don't cover it, this argument goes, no one will, for competitiveness reasons.

So just take abortion out of the equation for a minute.  In effect, what the liberals and abortion rights activists are telling us is an ugly truth about the House "reform": It will effectively impose one-size-fits-all health care on Americans.  The plan(s) open to those receiving government subsidies (and therefore essentially under government control) will indirectly determine what you and I will be able to get from our own private health care plan.

And on the off-chance that there remains a plan that offers more benefits but at higher cost, we'll be taxed for choosing it.

Nice.