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I understand the Health Choices Act.

August 23, 2009

I get it.  I really get H.R.3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.  Reading the summaries provided by the Czar at The Gormogons certainly helped.  I highly recommend taking the time to read all 12 posts.

Anyhoo … back to my epiphany.

This bill includes every last health related piece of legistion that The President and the Democrats in Congress could dig up.  It’s even possible that each and every one of them got to submit a wish list which was then compiled into the final product.  Some pieces were actual bills previously submitted.  Some seem to be the result of brainstorming by people with no actual knowledge of how the healthcare system works.  Parts are full of minute detail and specific deadlines.  Other parts just throw a lot of money at a project with no details.  How about $90,000,000 to increase health profession diversity?  Sure!

A lot of typing plus a bit of cut and paste and viola!  The Democrats will rescue healthcare!

I don’t think so.

Here’s the Czar saying it much better than I can:

But the Czar realizes that this bill is very much like President Obama himself. Rushed through without proper review, and containing an unfocused blend of various liberal and radical ideas, the bill promises extensive reform, but ultimately cannot provide specifics beyond trivial process and procedure. The contents are pro-lawyer but anti-doctor, misinformed on how business works beyond the abuse of buzzwords, but is fully incorporative of labor union interests. The bill, like the President, raises a specter of of increasing fundamental central control coupled with an élitist dismissal for consequences; in the end, its scattered attempt to be a panacea to the nth degree produces a framework that is merely a framework: it is a blank slate, onto which the supporter pins his own hopes and goals, without anything within justifying that faith.

This bill cannot pass.  In fact, I don’t see how the members of the House of Representatives could even debate the contents of this bill.  It would and should take years given the way it’s written and the sheer volume of pages.

Let’s hope that HR3200 crashes and burns and fades away.

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