Claim: Letter from Judge David Kithil provides accurate line item criticisms of "Obamacare" health care reform legislation.
Examples:[Collected via e-mail, November 2009]
I have reviewed selected sections of the bill and find it unbelievable that our Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, could come up with a bill loaded with so many wrong-headed elements. We do need to reform the health insurance system in America in order to make coverage affordable and available to everyone. But, how many of us believe our federal government can manage a new program any better than the bankrupt Medicare program or the underfunded Social Security program? Both Republicans and Democrats are equally responsible for the financial mess of those two programs.
I am opposed to HB 3200 for a number of reasons. To start with, it is estimated that a federal bureaucracy of more than 150,000 new employees will be required to administer HB3200.
That is an unacceptable expansion of a government that is already too intrusive in our lives. If we are going to hire 150,000 new employees, let's put them to work protecting our borders, fighting the massive drug problem and putting more law enforcement/firefighters out there."
Other problems I have with this bill include:
Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.
Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - ACORN).
Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. (How could anybody in their right mind come up with that?)
Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.
Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age.
Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.
Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years.
Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order."
Finally, it is specifically stated this bill will not apply to members of Congress.
Members of Congress are already exempt from the Social Security system and have a well-funded private plan that covers their retirement needs. If they were on our Social Security plan, I believe they would find a very quick "fix" to make the plan financially sound for the future."
Honorable David Kithil Marble Falls, Texas.
Origins: A number of similar pieces presenting lists of line item criticisms of a pending health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) began circulating on the Internet in mid-2009, and they continue to circulate widely three years later as arguments to oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as "Obamacare."
The versions of this item that continue to be spread via e-mail forwards and online postings are wrong in nearly every particular, however:
Although this list is commonly attributed as originating with a letter sent to Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana by Dr. Stephen E. Fraser, an Indianapolis anesthesiologist, or as a letter sent to the River Cities Tribune by David Kithil, a former county judge in Marble Falls, Texas, it is actually the work of Peter Fleckenstein, who issued
the list as a series of Tweets and posted it to his blog in July 2009.
The bill referenced in this list, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200), was never passed by Congress. A completely different bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), became the basis for what is now known as "Obamacare." Many of the entries in the list are therefore irrelevant and outdated, as they address aspects of health care reform legislation that were never enacted by Congress (particularly the "public option" for a government insurance plan).
Virtually every statement included in this list is exaggerated, misleading, inaccurate, or outright erroneous. Detailed line-by-line debunkings of this list can be found here and here.
Variations: A later version of this piece was prefaced with the false claim that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act limits the amount of Medicare coverage provided to those over the age of 75:
PLEASE PASS THIS OUTRAGE TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST!!! THIS should be read
by everyone, especially important to those over 75.......If you are
younger, then it applies to your parents.
Your hospital Medicare admittance has just change under Obama Care. You
must be admitted by your primary Physician in order for Medicare to pay
for it! If you are admitted by an emergency room doctor it is treated as
outpatient care where hospital costs are not covered. This is only the tip
of the iceberg for Obama Care. Just wait to see what happens in 2013 &
Age 76 Today, I went to the Dr. for my monthly B12 shot that I have been
getting for a number of years. The nurse came and got me, got out the
needle filled and ready to go then looked at the computer and got very
quiet and asked if I was prepared to pay for it. I said no that my
insurance takes care of it.
She said, that Medicare had turned it down and went to talk to my Dr.
about it. 15 minutes later she came back and said, she was sorry but they
had tried everything they could but Medicare is beginning to turn many
things away for seniors because of the projected Obama Care coming in. She
was brushing at tears and said, "Someday they too will get old", I am so
Please for the sake of many good people. . . ..be informed please .
YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS...