Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Letting the mask slip Pt. III

We didn't really intend on this turning into a series but golly, now that this thing is law, everyone is just relaxing and lettin' 'er rip. In reconciliation veritas, we suppose.

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell was on O'Reilly's show last week talking ObamaCare with O'Reilly when he said something very interesting with respect to the compulsory aspect of Obamacare and the pre-existing condition provisions.

Obamacare proponents tout a) the fact that 30 million uninsured Americans will be covered under Obamacare and b) that health insurers will not be able to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Pretty benevolent of Congress, wouldn't you say?

Fast forward to the 5:10 mark of the clip where O'Reilly and Rendell are arguing if ObamaCare does indeed constitute a "government takeover" and listen to what Rendell says right at the end of the clip.

"It's the insurance companies that drove the mandate"

So, our benevolent overseers really had no intention of covering the uninsured and it only resulted as the happy coincidence from forcing the insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions?

To quote Jim Rome: "That is epic"

It turns out, then, it wasn't the benevolence of our overseers in Congress after all but rather it resulted at the behest of the health insurance, excuse us, the profit-gouging health insurance industry and its lobbyists working hand-in-glove with Congressional leadership to force ObamaCare onto people while simultaneously adding 30 million more people to the health insurance companies' rolls.


If this doesn't qualify as "standing up to special interests" then we scarcely know what does.


B-Daddy said...

Saying the insurance companies drove the mandate is like saying that the tavern owner chose to pay protection money to Jimmy "the Nose" and his compatriots. There only alternative was massive bankruptcy and a sure government move to single payer. Given the new regulatory powers over the insurance companies, that might happen anyway.

SarahB said...

She kept saying no, but I know she wanted it.