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Get Ready for Your Health Care ‘Re-Education’

Kathleen Sebelius' chilling, Orwellian order that insurers not blame ObamaCare for rising rates was just the start. We must stop the re-education in November.

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Paul Hsieh

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September 14, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Finally, the most Orwellian rhetoric is being directed against health insurance companies.

Under ObamaCare, insurers must now offer dozens of services for “free,” including various forms of cancer screening, vaccinations, and AIDS testing. But of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch — instead the costs must be shifted to other customers. Hence, many insurers have started raising their rates, explaining that it is due to these new regulations.

In a chilling response, Secretary Sebelius has just ordered insurance companies not to blame their rate hikes on ObamaCare. She warned that she would show “zero tolerance” for any insurers spreading such “misinformation.” Companies that objected could be banned from the new government-run “insurance exchanges” where millions of Americans will be obliged to purchase their health plans starting in 2014.

In effect, the government is saying: “Let’s pretend we never said ObamaCare would lower costs — even though that’s how we sold it to the public.” “Let’s push patients into restrictive health plans — and call it a ‘medical home.’” “Let’s label it ‘misinformation’ when insurers tell the truth about how our laws raise their costs — and then punish them if they complain about it.” And as the problems of ObamaCare deepen, we can expect such “re-education” efforts to intensify.

Fortunately, we can stop this. Last spring, when Obama demanded that Congress pass his health care bill he said that if Americans didn’t like it, “then that’s what elections are for.”

Well, the 2010 election is nearly here. Soon, it will be our turn to have our say. And unless we want to be on the receiving end of perpetual “re-education” from our politicians, we must re-educate them about our commitment to basic American freedoms.

This November, let’s teach every politician who supported ObamaCare a lesson. And let’s make sure it’s a lesson they never forget.

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Paul Hsieh, MD, is a member of the Colorado chapter of Docs4PatientCare (www.Docs4PatientCare.org) and co-founder of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (www.WeStandFIRM.org).
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