Sunday, December 6, 2009

Duke professor exposes the behemoth bureaucracy of HR 3962

From Health Care BS blog:

Professor John Lewis of Duke University is one of the few people who have actually read HR 3962, the House version of Obamacare. Among the many unnerving facts revealed by his analysis is that this legislation creates more than 100 new hives of government apparatchiks:
There are 111 to be exact.  Here's more from the website of FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine):

In particular, Professor Lewis asks the following key questions in his essay: "What the House Health Care Bill, HR3962, Actually Says":

1. Will the plan punish Americans who do not carry the required insurance, or employers who do not provide it?

2. Will the plan make private insurance illegal?

3. Will the plan ration medical care through budgets?

4. Will the plan ration care through waiting lists?

5. Will the plan impose special, higher taxes on Americans who earn more than others?

6. Will the plan levy special taxes and surcharges on medical devices?

7. How will the plan affect health insurance provided by employers?

8. Does the plan allow the government to set fees?

9. Can the government officials audit taxpayers, employers, and insurance plans to enforce compliance?

Most Americans aren't going to like the answers.
Read Dr. Lewis's complete analysis here.  Fairly long, but worth the time.


  1. You can read a very good summary of the bill
    at: This is the actual
    bill that the Senate is working on right now.

    Not second hand information

  2. Sue, I suspect you are a computer-generated comment that has probably been posted thousands of times on the web. But just for fun, I'll play along.

    The "very good summary" you reference is one paragraph! As Dr. Lewis says in his article, "this bill is 1,990 pages of mind-numbing legalese. It will reach deeply into federal and state regulations and laws, on a scale that will require years for experts to interpret. It will establish institutions that will be effectively irreversible. It will grant arbitrary powers to bureaucrats, who will have to interpret and enforce its dictates. A full analysis of its impact would require a commentary at least as long as the bill itself. American citizens cannot be expected to read and understand such legislation. But they should be aware that this is the nature of the laws being written by their (alleged) representatives in Washington."

  3. Sue is probably paid by Acorn... Community Organization at it's finest...