Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
H.R. 1, otherwise known as "the economic stimulus bill" contains almost all of the key elements of Tom Daschle's nationalized health care system that he outlined in his 2008 book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.
In his book, Daschle proclaims that doctors will have to “learn to operate less like solo practitioners” and be willing to accept mandatory government controls and guidelines.
And that is EXACTLY what this new bill forces doctors to do.
H.R. 1 creates a brand new bureaucracy called the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. This new government organization will monitor all medical treatments to make sure that your doctor is prescribing the exact drugs and medical treatments that the federal government believes are "appropriate" and "cost effective".
The bill has a provision that hospitals and doctors which are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face serious penalties. The bill also says that the Secretary of Health and Human Service will be permitted to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time”.
The bill also radically changes the way that the health care system treats the elderly.
Currently, Medicare pays for medical treatments that are considered to safe and effective.
However, this new bill would change all that.
Instead, it would apply a cost effectiveness standard set by a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.
The goal of this "council" would be to actually slow the development and use of new medications and treatments because they are driving up medical costs.
In her recent editorial, Betsy McCaughey describes Daschle's attitude towards the elderly in his book:
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.
She also goes on to describe how this new "council" would actually make choices to deny health care to elderly patients if they don't have enough useful years left:
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.
Do you understand what that means?
It means that under this new bill, the federal government would decide who lives and who dies.
Do you want the government to have that power?
If not, you better go start objecting to this bill before it passes.