Monday, February 9, 2009

Taking Over Health Care Is Not Stimulus

Daschle wrote that “the next president should act quickly (to enact national health care) before critics mount an opposition”. “If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,” he said. “The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.”

Hiding health legislation in the stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay.

If the stimulus bill passes in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face Health Care rationing similar to that in Great Britain.

Why is it that no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions that have been slipped into the Porkulus Bill?. These provisions appear to have been lifted right out of the Tom Daschle book on National Health care.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from education to services and payment. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for all divisions of the DOD combined (90-92, 174-177, 181). NOTE: (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

Who will these provisions affect? -- “Every individual in the United States” (pages 445, 454, 479.)

Everyone’s medical treatments will be digitized and tracked electronically by a federal computer system. This will of course make everyone vulnerable to records thief and misuse!

The Bill will establish a new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (CHIT), which will monitor your treatment to make certain that your doctor is doing what the federal government deems is appropriate and cost effective. The aim is to cut costs (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” is not defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Currently, Medicare pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

This article only exposes the tip of the iceberg!

This Bill needs to be killed, before it kills us all!

1 comment:

RightWingDog said...

Daschle has exposed a large "flaw" in the bill but WHY has it not made the MSM circus?

Those talking heads need healthcare also!

We can't expect Congress to worry about this type of "healthcare modification" as they get the best in the world and it's FREE!

If we don't stop the start of the runaway socialism train, we will all be history!