In response to the barrage of negative publicity surrounding health care reform, the president is aggressively defending his initiative. In the event that you have not collected any offending hoax emails to turn over to your government as a show of support, Healthreform.gov includes a form that can be filled out by anyone over the age of 13 to affirm that “I support health reform this year.” Presumably, you also support the government’s privacy policies, because the form asks the supporter to divulge their name, address, phone number, and email address.
Two emails were forwarded to me last week, the messages insisting that the revelations they contained be sent to absolutely everyone I know. One message cited numerous provisions of H.R. 3200, the Affordable Health Care Choices Act, purporting to reveal aspects of the legislation that had somehow passed under the country’s collective radar. The other email claimed that provisions of the bill provided pro-suicide counseling for those of us unfortunate enough to have turned 65.
The haste to impose government health care has led to wild speculation as to whether proponents will extend benefits to illegal immigrants. Section 246 of House Bill H.R. 3200, “No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens,” blocks affordability credits to those residing within our borders illegally. However, these individuals were included in the figure of 46 million uninsured that was used in the PR rush to promote this legislation, raising questions as to whether the intent is to exclude illegals, or to only appear to exclude them for the sake of garnering public opinion and forcing the reform bill through Congress.
I was reading Friday morning’s updates on the House fracas over H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” and began to feel a curious sensation in my throat, as if I were choking on something very large and unpalatable that refused to go down. The more I read, the more the sensation bothered me.