30th June 2012
Tyler O’Neil points out some of the stealthier fascist provisions of Obamacare.
The law gives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to issue “quality standards” that “control all providers of healthcare: doctors, hospitals, nurses, and so forth.” If a doctor does not comply with these standards, he “will be unable to get reimbursement from any of the insurance plans that all Americans will be required to have” under the individual mandate, which was ruled constitutional under the Congress’ power to tax.
Congress set up the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This group of regulators “is directed, starting in 2015 and every two years thereafter, to make recommendations … to limit the ability of Americans to put resources into healthcare so that they stay below certain goals set forth in the legislation.” IPAB sets a price cap, a dollar amount beyond which Americans cannot pay for care. All of those limits are required to be below the rate of medical inflation.
To illustrate this principle, Balch used an analogy with food prices. “Imagine a situation where Congress said, ‘Whenever you go out to buy food, if the price of food has risen by ten percent next year, you’re not allowed to pay that extra ten percent to get the same food that you got this year. You’re only allowed to pay five percent more.’” Such a policy would force citizens to buy less food, or lower quality food, each year.
Your tax dollars at work. Aren’t you proud?