Obama rule will reform health care by allowing you less of it.
Buried in Barack Obama’s so-called stimulus bill is funding for a bureaucratic structure for the government to begin rationing the health care of the American people. A centralized government bureaucracy would be established that would ultimately have the power to decide what health care you can have, and when, especially when it involves highly expensive, advanced medical care for the seriously ill. Unless this is stopped, many of you reading this article right now will one day suffer death-by-liberalism, when the government bureaucracy decides that the health care you need is not worth the cost, or puts you in a waiting line where death will arrive before treatment.
But Republicans and conservatives are not helpless in the face of this fascist power grab. They can sponsor a new bill of their own proposing to repeal the health care rationing provisions of the supposed stimulus bill. They can then lead a national, populist, grassroots movement to force Congress to pass the bill, and President Obama to sign it, educating the public along way about the intractable problems of socialized medicine.
Health Care Rationing: Law and Policy
The supposed stimulus bill includes $1.1 billion in funding for a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). The Council is to conduct so-called federal comparative effectiveness research in regard to different health care services to determine which is the most “cost-effective”. The sponsors of that provision explained,
By knowing what works best and presenting this information more broadly to patients and healthcare professionals, those items, procedures, and interventions that are most effective to prevent, control, and treat health conditions will be utilized, while those that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed.” (Emphasis added.)
President Obama’s ill-fated first choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services was former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (forced to withdraw when it was revealed that he had failed to pay all of his federal income taxes). Obama picked him for that post because Obama liked the health care reform plan Daschle proposed in his new book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis.
In that book Daschle, as we know, proposes a “Federal Health Board” similar to the new CER bureaucracy in the stimulus bill, which helps us to understand what the CER is all about. Daschle explains:
Today most health research focuses on whether a particular medicine or treatment is safe and works. We should go further by promoting research that compares drugs and treatments to determine which ones deliver the best bang for the buck. Does an over the counter drug work as well as a brand name prescription drug? What are the relative merits of heart disease treatment options?…We also should sponsor more research on how new technologies — the main driver of rising health care costs — should be deployed….But if we want to get health-care costs under control, we’re going to have to pay more attention to whether we are getting our money’s worth.
The key question this statement raises is who is the “we,” Kemosabe? Is it the private medical community, medical institutes, medical schools, Professors of Medicine, private researchers, etc., informing doctors and their patients, where the ultimate decisions are made? Or is it the government, informing Big Government bureaucracies, who will then impose their decisions on these matters on doctors and patients?
Daschle continues in his book providing more illumination as to what is going on here, saying,
To make more significant progress, however, we have to concentrate more on the value of the care we are getting. We can and should strive to get more for our health care money by steering providers towards drugs, treatments, and procedures that yield the best results at the lowest cost. We should spend money on expensive new technologies that benefit patients, but we shouldn’t waste it on ineffective, poor quality care.” (emphasis added).
But who decides what “drugs, treatments, and procedures…yield the best results at the lowest cost?” Doctors and their patients, or the government? Who decides which new technologies “benefit patients” and which provide “ineffective, poor quality care?” Is that the patients, on the advice of their doctors, or a wise, highly centralized, far away government bureaucracy? Ultimately, who does the “steering” of doctors and other health providers in this brave, new world, the patients, or the government again?
Daschle further explains:
The federal government could exert tremendous leverage with its decisions on covered benefits and payment incentives. In choosing what it will cover and how much it will pay, it could steer providers to the services that are the most clinically valuable and cost-effective, and dissuade them from wasting time and money on those that are neither. (Emphasis added.)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?