[c]ancer screenings, including mammograms and colonoscopies, as well as obesity prevention services, immunizations, blood pressure screenings and tobacco cessation services are among those that will be available to consumers without a copayment or other direct costs for consumers on new health plans after Sept. 23.
NB - "Other direct costs" does not have the same definition as "free."
The article goes on to say that the list of "free" services will be debated by the industry over what is, and is not, included. The author neglects, however, to state (or perhaps even realize) that nothing is ever truly "free." This is an affliction which is most commonly found amongst liberals, democrats, progressives, socialists, communists, fascists, Marxists - otherwise known as "statists." Someone will have to pay for the "free" services, which will mean either higher taxes, increased borrowing, or inflation. Maybe even all three. We will, the author's statements suggest, argue about what we get on our "free" pizza. Unfortunately, at this point we can't afford even garlic bread.
"The biggest beneficiaries will be those who previously had sparse policies with high copays for such services. " Let me rephrase this statement: "The biggest beneficiaries will be those who will have zero tax liability. The rest of us will get soaked." If you don't believe me, ask Dear Leader's new minister-without-portfolio (or hearing) unconfirmed-and-recess-appointed head of CMS Dr. Donald Berwick. He says it's all about redistribution of wealth:
The welfare state will collapse under its own weight. And Adam Smith's Invisible Hand will bitch-slap the Democrats in November.