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Health Care: Health Insurance – The Next Shoe

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Where we were in 2009; where we are now; and where we are heading: The outcome has been predetermined: government control over the health insurance industry — the next shoe. The government will increase premiums even more on those who have insurance through their employers, and penalize further those who pay their own medical bills without insurance or government assistance. Employers will drop health care coverage. Given the “crisis,” the federal government will set up a special coverage plan, under the umbrella of the “private” health insurance companies... called anything other than a “public plan.” People without insurance will be offered entry to this special government-provided plan... and viola! Socialism wins.


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[Editor's note: Written 6 months before the health care bill was signed, it is amazing to see how prescient Hershel was.]

October, 2009:

I've been trying to figure out where this health care monstrosity is heading -- where it will finally land. And it ain't easy. But I think I have it figured out. And once again, I am ahead of the pack in my analysis.

Caveat: I hate it when pundits and politicians make predictions as if they were facts. You know, like "If we do not pass this stimulus bill, unemployment will rise to 9%." Or, "I will not sign any health care legislation that is not revenue neutral." Or, "Taxes on people making less than $250,000 will not go up." Or, "I will close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay by January 22, 2010."

Actually, those last three are promises, not predictions -- worse yet than stating a prediction as if it were a fact. But that's another matter.

Anyway, I am making what I choose to call a projection, not a prediction. It's not a blind shot in the dark. But I am looking at the status of the debate as it now stands, my understanding of the players and the politics, and projecting how I believe will end. At least, in the short run.

1. First and foremost... it's a absolute: Congress will pass and the

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