- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The public option and Medicare buy-in for people aged 55 to 64 may be gone from the health care reform bill, but President Obama made it clear that the latest proposal from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is just the first step on the way to a single-payer, nationalized health care system (“Obama pushes bill as first step toward health care reform,” Nation, Wednesday).

The bill, as currently constituted, builds the infrastructure for future legislation to institute a single-payer system. Still in the bill are the onerous taxes on businesses and individuals, the fines and imprisonment of Americans who do not buy mandatory health insurance, the mandate for the establishment of more than 100 new federal bureaus, and the sweeping authority for the secretary of Health and Human Services to make new regulations restricting health care providers. Deficits, debt and premiums will still balloon.

Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat and longtime champion of socialized medicine, echoed the president’s plan to continue the drive for a government takeover of health care. Don’t be fooled by the stripping of the aforementioned provisions from the bill. It still puts the United States on the path to socialized medicine. The far left will never stop trying to break the back of free enterprise in all its forms.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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