So begins the Government Control of Healthcare

In the NYTimes today, Health Plans Must Provide Some Tests at No Cost : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/health/policy/15health.html?_r=1&ref=health

Some highlights include:

The White House on Wednesday issued new rules requiring health insurance companies to provide free coverage for dozens of screenings, laboratory tests and other types of preventive care.

So the Federal Governemnt (specifically the President) are setting “rules for (private) health insurance companies”? Since when is this allowed under the U.S. Constitution?

The rules will eliminate co-payments, deductibles and other charges for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol tests; many cancer screenings; routine vaccinations; prenatal care; and regular wellness visits for infants and children.

Other services that must be offered at no charge include counseling to help people stop smoking; screening and counseling for obesity; and tests for infection with the virus that causes AIDS.

Ok, this equals higher expenses for the insurance companies. This means that…

The administration said the requirements could increase premiums by 1.5 percent, on average.

So I am going to pay for donut boy down the street to get healthscreening? Since when is it my resposnibility to cover their healthcare? It is absurd and immoral.

In some cases, the task force has specified how frequently a service, like colonoscopy, should be performed. If the guidelines are silent, the rules say, an insurer may use “reasonable medical management techniques to determine the frequency” of services.

In some cases, the task force has specified how frequently a service, like colonoscopy, should be performed. If the guidelines are silent, the rules say, an insurer may use “reasonable medical management techniques to determine the frequency” of services.

So a Government Task Force is deciding how frequently services can be provided? Not your doctor? Sounds like the healthcare rationing has already begun. What’s next, Death Panels?