Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More BS from ShecantBeSerious

What to make of this:

"The Department of Health and Human Services study ... concludes that somewhere between 50 million and 129 million non-elderly Americans have a pre-existing condition."


First, way to laser in on the actual numbers there, Kathy! The forces of ObamaCare© have now given up all pretense of rational, fact-based debate and are resorting to just picking numbers out of their Pelosi's.

More critically, why is this even an issue? Either they they have such a condition or they don't. If they do, then how come, in 2000+ pages, you couldn't have given them all immediate coverage? After all, it'd be the right thing to do, wouldn't it?

But wait: you did!

Then why is it that all of these uninsured - and ostensibly uninsurable - folks aren't flocking to the ObamaPools© that have been online since last summer? After all, these wonderful new plans are guaranteed issue and cover pre-existing conditions.

Part of the answer is that, as noted above, there are no "129 million" uninsurables. It's just another example of ShecantBeSerious BS:

"While the title shouts that 129 million people could be denied coverage, the so-called study defines preexisting conditions to include those “that would result in an automatic denial of coverage, exclusion of the condition, or higher premiums.”

Catch that little sleight of hand?

Here it is in slo-mo:

"... the so-called study defines preexisting conditions ... “that would result in an automatic denial of coverage, exclusion of the condition, or higher premiums.”

An exclusion is not a denial, and in the real world, an increased premium is called "pricing the risk." So they're not even competent at making it up. And we're supposed to trust these clowns to actually run our health care system?

What could go wrong?

Avik Roy has his own tremendous takedown of this ShecantBeSerious BS, including this must read insight:

"Sebelius and her HHS colleagues try to morph the definition of “preexisting conditions” into “conditions.” Take this random sample of Sebelius’ assault on the English language:
An analysis of a survey that follows people over time found that, among healthy people—reporting very good or excellent health with no chronic conditions—today, 15 to 30 percent (depending on their age) will develop a pre-existing condition within the next eight years.
So, let’s get this straight. Fifteen to 30 percent of Americans will, in the future, develop a preexisting condition. This only makes sense if the HHS has also invented time travel.

A person who has health insurance, and later becomes ill, does not have a preexisting condition. He has a condition of the plain old “existing” kind—one that his insurance will help pay for. This is exactly how insurance is supposed to work."

Read the whole thing.

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