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StethoscopeIf you think Obamacare is a great idea, consider the Medicare bill for a simple procedure. Stephen Lendman revealed how a simple 15 to 20-minute ultrasound procedure cost Medicare $1875.

Meanwhile, for a 10-minute ultrasound procedure that I recently had at a private clinic in Ontario, Canada, it only cost around $100, and was paid for by the provincial government.

Someone told me that if it wasn’t for Medicare, seniors could scarcely afford treatment. Yet, in my view, Medicare is exactly part of the problem.

Medicare, like the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, is a single payer system, yet Medicare has the entire U.S. tax base of over 313 million residents, whereas OHIP only has a tax base of nearly 13 million residents.

The fact that Medicare is a national, centralized system is part of the reason why it’s so costly and inefficient.

Since the federal program of Medicare is so expensive, what would make anyone think that Obamacare will be so much more efficient, when former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Previously, I wrote the article, Medicare cost 744% more than forecasted in 1990 — 25 years after its inception in 1965.

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William Federer, author of many books including What Every American Needs to Know about the Qur’an, was on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith on September 27, 2011, and claimed that there is a health insurance exemption for Muslims under Obamacare. (starting at 28:34)

I looked at the actual legislation, and it’s an exemption that applies to designated religious sects, which have yet to be identified.

RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION — Such term shall not include any individual for any month if such individual has in effect an exemption under section 1311(d)(4)(H) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which certifies that such individual is a member of a recognized religious sect or division thereof described in section 1402(g)(1) and an adherent of established tenets or teachings of such sect or division as described in such section.

Certainly they can’t explicitly say outright that it only applies to particular religious groups, though Federer is right that Muslims, if they sought and received an exemption, would be far bigger recipients than the Amish.

As Dr. Stan rightfully said, the Act is unconstitutional to begin with (because the federal government has no enumerated power to compel residents to buy a private product as a condition of residence), and I think that should be the focus, instead of playing into the hands of those who seek to divide Americans as was no doubt intended by some who conceived that exemption.

Federer mentioned that Muslims only tax non-Muslims, but he really should know about the zakat tax, which is a 2.5% tax on all net assets that only Muslims are required to pay.

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