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No More Entitlements

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The great irony in the Obama administration's latest expansion of entitlements, its massive commitment to health care, is that it has created one that most Americans don't want. Poll after poll demonstrate that most Americans oppose the Democrats' radical change to the U.S. health care system. Not only do they find it too expensive, but they dislike the specific adjustments that shift power and control away from the individual and place them in the hands of the federal government.

The plan radically changes health care in the U.S., imposing the federal government into perhaps the most personal of all segments of American life. Americans will be forced to buy insurance they may not want or value; businesses will be fined unless they acquiesce to government dictates about the composition, structure and breadth of health insurance benefits; coverage must be certified as acceptable by government, not by the individuals and their families who receive the insurance; private insurance companies will be forced to price their products according to government fiat, rather than market forces; and doctors will be compelled to accept lower prices for medical care based solely on what bureaucrats determine to be appropriate.

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