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“The most rev­e­la­tory pas­sage in the so-called ‘plain English’ ver­sion of the health care bill that the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee ap­proved on [Oct. 13] (without ever draft­ing the ac­tual leg­isla­tive lan­guage) says that in the fu­ture, Amer­i­cans will be of­fered the con­ve­nience of get­ting their health in­sur­ance at the Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles,” Ter­ence P. Jef­frey writes at

“This is no joke. If this bill be­comes law, it will be the duty of the U.S. sec­re­tary of health and hu­man ser­vices or the state gov­ern­ments over­see­ing fed­er­ally man­dated health in­sur­ance ex­changes to en­sure that you can get your health in­sur­ance at the DMV,” Mr. Jef­frey said.

“You also will be able to get it at So­cial Se­cu­rity offices, hos­pi­tals, schools and ‘other offices’ the gov­ern­ment will name later.

“Page 19 of the com­mit­tee’s ‘plain English’ text says: ‘The Sec­re­tary and/or states would do the fol­low­ing: . . . En­able cus­tomers to en­roll in health care plans in lo­cal hos­pi­tals, schools, De­part­ments of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles, lo­cal So­cial Se­cu­rity offices, and other offices des­ig­nated by the state.’

“This is the bill’s most rev­e­la­tory pas­sage be­cause it sub­limely sym­bol­izes the bill’s true aim: a gov­ern­ment takeover of the health care sys­tem.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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