Americans are up in arms regarding a previously
overlooked clause in H.R. 3200, the current version of
Obama’s healthcare bill. Page 953 outlines a plan which
will compel individuals to purchase health insurance for
each pet living in their household. The powerful
veterinary lobby in Washington appears to be behind this
push to mandate coverage. Responses from various special
interest groups have been heated.
From November 2009 all cats
will have to be covered by health insurance . . .
Sally Wickers, founder of rightwing political think tank
People First told us “This is an outrage, these animals
can’t even vote. Pets aren’t citizens; but now real
Americans will be forced to pay for their healthcare.”
ASPCA member Garth Kritzputnick had a different concern
“The bill specifies that only pets with fur will be
covered under this new plan. Goldfish and canaries -
they get nothing. It’s discriminatory.”
Man's best friend will cost him
an extra $185 per month in health insurance . . .
Meanwhile, pet owners voiced concerns over how they will
afford mandatory coverage. The bill makes provisions for
tax credits that will at least partially reimburse the
cost of pet insurance. Concerned citizen Beulah Matthews
says this isn’t enough “I have 17 cats.” she revealed,
“There’s just no way I can afford this on my fixed
income. Why don’t they have some kind of Medicare
program for my little darlings?”
Owners who do not comply will be fined up to $185 per
month for each pet that is not covered.
The vote in the Senate Finance Committee is expected to
take place later this week.
At least our feathered friends
will be free from the crippling new pet insurance . . .
News Story by
K. D. McCarty : Website: