Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


October 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 26, 2012


Kokomo —


There’s an ill wind a-blowing!

HR3590 provides lots of particular benefits, long awaited and needed, such as eliminating insurance constraints of pre-existing conditions, extending dependent age eligibility to 26 years, and making insurance portable. However, mixed into the bill’s 2,407 pages, is an expensive cocktail of 20 new taxes.

Some were rather immediate, such as the tanning tax and HSA/FSA limitations. The 2013 tax on supplier sales of medical devices could increase the price of some medical treatment needs to the point that cost is denied.

America will only begin to feel most of the new taxations beginning next year, as will the wealthier among us, experiencing investment tax impacts. By mid-2014, a 15 member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) makes its first recommendations to Congress for Medicare changes.

IPAB board members are to be appointed by either the president or secretary of Health and Human Services. The powers granted to IPAB will exceed congressional authority, such that all board recommendations will become national law, unless majority votes had in both houses of Congress, with presidential signature, for any revisions!

New laws, without congressional action, congressional approval, meaningful congressional oversight, or being subject to a presidential veto! Even U.S. citizens will have no authority to challenge the board’s pronouncements in court, for the health care bill specifically states implementation of IPAB’s proposals is not to be judicially reviewable.

IPAB will be permitted to impose price controls, taxes and ration anything it considers health related, for all Americans, as law, no matter if government pays the medical bills or not! The original Medicare expense control function stipulated won’t be a practical deterrent to keep the board from expanding its national impact and dictates.

IPAB recommendations will become a severe distortion, away from constitutional functions, and balance of powers the founders intended. It would be even worse than the recent congressional “super committee”, which only represented 11 states, that failed to achieve debt resolution, and left extreme financial penalties that promise to decimate our military defense.

Free health care won’t be free or freedom, if Congress’ legislative authority is abbreviated and bypassed!

If on Election Day we aren’t voting for values, freedom and liberty, we are voting for something far more restrictive that could likely threaten the very retention of our republic as we have known and loved it for decades.

Not voting in protest or apathy is simply not asking for the best national leadership and policies, but rather accepting whatever is final, by default! This 2012 election is not about loyalties, or perfection, but about what’s best to retain a free and prosperous society, and just maybe our own right to longer life.

Glen Martin, Kokomo


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