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Obama Health-Care Plan Would Take Away 5 Important Freedoms, CNN Says; Obama Would Also Raise Taxes, End Affordable Plans, and Break Promises

CNN notes that there are "5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform" as promoted by the Obama Administration: the freedom to choose your doctors, the freedom to choose what's in your plan, the freedom to keep your existing plan, the freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, and the freedom to choose high-deductible coverage. Earlier, we described how Obama's health-care plan would destroy many affordable health-care plans, raise taxes on the middle class, and break Obama's campaign promises, as well as his recent pledge that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." As CNN notes, "the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage -- including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money -- but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can't have." "If you prize choosing your own cardiologist or urologist under your company's Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO), if your employer rewards your non-smoking, healthy lifestyle with reduced premiums, if you love the bargain Health Savings Account (HSA) that insures you just for the essentials, or if you simply take comfort in the freedom to spend your own money for a policy that covers the newest drugs and diagnostic tests -- you may be shocked to learn that you could lose all of those good things under the rules proposed in the two bills" that Congressional leaders have drafted to implement Obama's plan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to rush the health-care bill through Congress before most people can even figure out what's in the bill. That's how she pushed through Congress the $800 billion stimulus package, which contained hidden provisions that ended welfare reform, and which is now projected to cut the size of the economy "in the long run." (The stimulus package was supposed to deliver a short-run "jolt" that would quickly lift the economy, but unemployment rose rapidly after its passage, and the package has actually destroyed thousands of jobs in America's export sector, as well as subsidizing welfare and waste.) The bill may be rewritten at the last moment to provide more giveaways to special interests, like the huge cap-and-trade energy tax that Pelosi recently strong-armed through the House. (As Obama once noted, his version of that tax would make people's electric bills "skyrocket.") The energy tax was pushed through before the text of the bill even became available. The bill was over 1090 pages long and contained special interest giveaways to a legion of big corporations and their lobbyists. At the last minute, 300 more pages were added to the bill that few in Congress had even read, and had to be manually inserted into the existing 1000 pages after the bill was passed, based on guesses about where those pages would fit in. Thus, the bill did not even really exist at the time it was passed. These tax increases are part of a long line of broken promises, such as Obama's pledge to enact a "net spending cut," which he flouted with proposed budgets that will explode the national debt through $9.3 trillion in massively increased deficit spending. Obamacare would also apparently restrict resources for end-of-life care for the elderly, and mandate wasteful end-of-life counseling for the elderly (such as lecturing them about the right to hasten their own death by refusing nutrition). Earlier, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office gave an honest but "devastating assessment" of the incredibly high cost of the health-care plans backed by Obama, which would cost well over a trillion dollars, to cover just a fraction of the uninsured. Obama is angry about that truthful conclusion, as well as the CBO's finding that his wasteful stimulus package will actually reduce the size of the economy "in the long run." (Obama had claimed that only his stimulus package could save America from "disaster" and "irreversible decline"). So Obama recently invited CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, a "Democratic appointee," to the White House to pressure him to reduce his cost estimates. It is doubtful that Obamacare would live up to any of Obama's claims. His other legislation hasn't. His stimulus package has been a fiasco, as much of the public now realizes: just 25% say it has helped the economy. And his cap-and-trade energy tax, if passed by the Senate, would cost the economy trillions, while doing little to cut greenhouse gas emissions, since it contains so many special interest giveaways and environmentally-destructive provisions like protections for ethanol subsidies, which harm the environment, destroy forests, and cause world hunger. Meanwhile, Obama has undermined nuclear energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, by wastefully blocking use of the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste disposal site after billions of dollars in taxpayer money had already been spent creating it.