REPUBLICANS FAILED TO CHALLENGE THE FALSE CLAIM

The Honorable Howard Phillips is one of the most solid Christian men in the political realm today, and it has been my pleasure to know him personally over the years.

In his December 2009 electronic newsletter, Issues & Strategies Mr. Phillips focuses upon a comment by Judge Andrew Napolitano of FOX News in regard to the Health Care issue which is now unfortunately the law of the land.

“Andrew P. Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst at the Fox News Channel, has written a very revealing article about what has been missing in the debate over health care. He writes, ‘In the continually harsh public discourse over the President’s proposals for federally-managed healthcare, the Big Government progressives in both the Democratic and the Republican parties have been trying to trick us. These folks, who really want the government to care for us from cradle to grave, have been promoting the idea that health care is a right. In promoting that false premise, they have succeeded in moving the debate from WHETHER the feds should micro-manage health care to HOW the feds should micro-manage health care. This is a false premise, and we should reject it. Health care is not a right; it is a good, like food, like shelter, and like clothing.’ Rights come from God, not government, Napolitano points out. …”

Issues & Strategies also made an enlightening observation concerning the enforcement of Obama Care entitled;OBAMACARE BUILDS IRS POWER

“Under the current versions of the health care bills, the IRS would oversee:
► Subsidies for low-income people purchasing health insurance through newly created state exchanges.
► Small-business tax credits to provide insurance to employees.
► Enforcement of mandate that all U.S. citizens and legal residents have insurance.
► Penalties on employers for not providing affordable coverage if any of their employees get subsidies under the new insurance exchanges.
► A tax on insurers that provide high-cost ‘Cadillac’ insurance benefits.
► Penalties for improper distributions from Health Savings Accounts, which would increase under the legislation.
► Contributions to Flexible Savings Accounts, which would be limited.
► New requirements for non-profit hospitals to prove their charitable missions, such as doing a ‘community needs assessment’ once every three years.
► Taxes on pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies and health insurance providers.”
Source: Phil Galewitz and Christopher Weaver, Kaiser Health News, USA TODAY, 1/4/10, p. 5A

Mr. Phillips offers this advice:

“I would submit that we do not have a health care problem in this country, but we do most definitely have a government problem in this country. Our health care system is a mess, but few understand why, and most tacitly accept the notion that government can or must provide the solutions. But it needs to be recognized that government encroachment into health care over the decades was the key ingredient in creating the bureaucratic, inefficient morass that is our current system.

The logical answer, once this is appreciated, is not to allow the government to fix what it broke in the first place! The answer is to strive to do everything possible toward the goal of getting government out of health care completely. This means less regulation, not more. This means less government/corporate cooperation (collusion), not more. Lobbying for regulations favorable to one group over another is a toxic concept, based on the immorality of the method itself. Yes, I know that is the ‘way government works’ nowadays, and I hear the arguments that we need to have a ‘seat at the table,’ but that doesn’t make it any less wrong.”

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