More on the Health Care Stimulus – Jared
February 10, 2009 2 Comments
I started with a quick post to get you informed about what is in the stimulus bill and now I want to elaborate.
At the behest of former Senator and defamed Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle, the Obama Administration has slipped into the stimulus bill currently in the Senate provisions which lay serious groundwork for a Nationalized Health Care system. The Clinton’s could not get it through by itself so it is being squeezed in piece by piece, beginning now, in an “emergency”, when voters are paying less attention.
Let me elaborate:
“But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “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.” [emphasis added]
This is not helping doctors, this forces them to practice with one hand tied behind their back. Tied very firmly.
“Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t 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.”
Let me continue.
” 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.” [emphasis added]
So, who is hardest hit? Believe it or not, the elderly. Say your grandfather has diabetes and he has to pay for his insulin. Say your grandfather just turned, oh, 70. A board, given broad powers, could determine that because your grandfather is so old it is not cost effective to force the medical community to provide insulin for him and drive up the costs for younger, more healthy patients, like your aunt, neighbor, or stock broker. So, they tell the doctor, “no more insulin” and your doctor’s hands are tied. Your grandfather has just been condemned to death by a government bureaucracy.
Now you see why it is being snuck into the country. Some arrogant elite thinks he can better determine whether you need treatment for your fractured arm, your broken leg, your allergies, your diabetes, and maybe even your cancer, HIV, or MS. If this bill passes (and I have little doubt it will) you can kiss your health care good bye because you will no longer be able to receive it in any way you do now.