Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dear President Obama,

I find it strange that you said I'll be able to keep my healthcare plan under your proposed reform. For the record, you said, "Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have." I think you meant to say there's a chance I might possibly get to buy a plan somewhat resembling the one I have now. Yeah, I think that's it. Because when I read the proposed legislation, I see that you intend to appoint a "Health Choices Commissioner" who will decide exactly what all health plans will include. Then all plans will have to conform to that standard. Since there are a lot of different health plans out there, logically speaking, only the identical ones can conform to any one, specific standard. Logically speaking, of course.

Maybe you were saying the "Commissioner" will use my plan to formulate his standards. That would be cool. I do feel bad for all those other citizens who will have to find a different plan. A lot of them thought you were talking to them in your speech. Boy, they're in for a surprise.

You also said, "Under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance - just as most states require you to carry auto insurance." I'm not sure those two requirements are the same thing. I knew this guy once who didn't have a car, and he didn't have to have any auto insurance. It was almost like he had to buy auto insurance only if he wanted to drive on public roadways. But then, I suppose it depends on one's definition of "require." Maybe you're saying I have to buy health insurance only if I want to live. Admittedly, I wouldn't truly have to have it then.

Since what you claim your reform will do and what you propose to sign into law contradict each other, I'm not really sure whether you never read the bill you vehemently support or are just lying. But either way, I guess you'd be just like most other politicians.

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