before the US House of Representatives introducing the Coercion
is Not Health Care Act, May 21, 2009
today I am introducing the Coercion is Not Health Care Act. This
legislation forbids the federal government from forcing any American
to purchase health insurance, and from conditioning participation
in any federal program, or receipt of any federal benefit, on the
purchase of health insurance.
marketed as a “moderate” compromise between nationalized
health care and a free market solution, forcing every American to
purchase a government-approved health insurance plan is a back door
approach to creating a government-controlled health care system.
requires individuals to purchase insurance, Congress must define
what insurance policies satisfy the government mandate. Thus, Congress
will decide what is and is not covered in the mandatory insurance
policy. Does anyone seriously doubt that what conditions and treatments
are covered will be determined by who has the most effective lobby?
Or that Congress will be incapable of writing a mandatory insurance
policy that will fit the unique needs of every individual in the
experience of states that allow their legislatures to mandate what
benefits health insurance plans must cover has shown that politicizing
health insurance inevitably makes health insurance more expensive.
As the cost of government-mandated health insurance rises, Congress
will likely create yet another fiscally unsustainable entitlement
program to help cover the cost of insurance.
When the cost
of government-mandated insurance proves to be an unsustainable burden
on individuals and small employers, and the government, Congress
will likely impose price controls on medical treatments, and even
go so far as to limit what procedures and treatments will be reimbursed
by the mandatory insurance. The result will be an increasing number
of providers turning to “cash only” practices, thus making
it difficult for those relying on the government-mandated insurance
to find health care. Anyone who doubts that result should consider
the increasing number of physicians who are withdrawing from the
Medicare program because of the low reimbursement and constant bureaucratic
harassment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
the key to effective health care reform lies not in increasing government
control, but in increasing the American people’s ability to
make their own health care decisions. Thus, instead of forcing Americans
to purchase government-approved health insurance, Congress should
put the American people back in charge of health care by expanding
health care tax credits and deductions, as well as increasing access
to Health Savings Accounts. Therefore, I have introduced legislation,
the Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act (HR1495), which provides
a series of health care tax credits and deductions designed to empower
patients. I urge my colleagues to reject the big government- knows-best
approach to health care by cosponsoring my Coercion is Not Health
Care Act and Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act.
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.