If critics are to be believed, South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson “is the liar” about whether illegal aliens could receive benefits under the various pending Democratic health care restructuring proposals.
In response to this supposedly imaginary problem, the Senate “Gang of Six” bipartisan group is fixing Joe Wilson’s imaginary problem:
In the Senate, Democrats in the so called “Gang of Six,” a group of bipartisan Senators on the Senate Finance Committee which is the last panel yet to release its bill, began moving quickly to close the loophole that Wilson helped bring greater attention to.
“We absolutely assure that those who are here illegally would not get the benefit of any of these initiatives,” Sen. Kent Conrad said.
I wonder what other imaginary problems can be fixed in the Democratic health care restructuring proposals. How about these for starters:
- The IRS will be the health care mandate enforcer by gathering information about taxpayer health care coverage
- Dozens of new bureaucracies will be created
- Hospital readmission policies will focus on overall hospital ratios rather than specific patient criteria
- The dispute resolution requirements will lessen if not eliminate patient ability to purchase services and products and later seek reimbursement
- Patient cost-sharing limits may lead to the elimination of popular Medicare add-on insurance
- The nature of taxation will be changed and for the first time people will be taxed for not doing something.
- Food providers will have to meet ridiculous food nutrition disclosure requirements, including extensive signage at drive through lanes and in vending machines.
- The IRS, never known for its big heart, will be restricted in its ability to excuse good faith taxpayer mistakes
- The IRS will be given the ability to set the tax rate to compel compliance with the health care mandate (why is no one talking about this?)
But there is one imaginary problem that no amount of penmanship can change:
- The entire thrust of the Democratic proposals is to move this country away from free market health care competition and individual independence, and towards socialized medicine at exists in Britain, with all the disastrous imaginary consequences.