Stimulus is a Stepping Stone to Socialized Medicine

by Sal on February 9, 2009

in Economy,Politics

A little-known provision in the stimulus bill was highlighted by Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, and others today, which moves American Health Care radically in the direction of Socialized medicine.  This provision, as outlined by Betsy McCaughey, introduces health care rationing by creating government oversight into treatment options, determining what is cost-effective, and regulating which procedures can and cannot be performed:

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

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.”

The provision starts by determining what procedures the elderly should receive, and may decide that some procedures (and some people) are just not worth it.

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.

Medicare now 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).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Is this the America that people thought they were voting for back in November?  This is beyond a foolish spending package at this point, and is now something that could radically affect millions of American’s daily lives and health decisions.  Three GOP Senators have signed onto this bill, and are responsible for this disaster.  They all need to be purged from the party.  We don’t need the Government telling us what health care decisions we are allowed to make or not make because of cost.

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Deb Pogue February 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm

This stimulus package was not created in hast, evidenced by the lengthy volume of over 800 pages moving all Americans towards socialism. The health care reform is a perfect example of socialized medicine. The three GOP Senators were quite obviously promised hefty kick backs, which will soon be only too obvious to all of us.

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Dr. Theo February 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm

The “super board” and the bureaucracy that supports it will cost Americans as much as our defense department. For the priviledge of having our rights stripped and being tyranized by cold and indifferent government zombies, we’ll be asked to pay more and more for “free” healthcare under the “O.” Won’t hope and change be grand!?

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