Keeping up with the president’s chronic lies, deceptions, misrepresentations and other health-care fairy tales.
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Finally, President Obama and his left wing supporters laugh off the notion that there will be any government health care rationing under his plan. Again, my recent study on the Obama health plan for the Heartland Institute explains in full detail exactly how this rationing would be imposed under that plan. The talking heads who appear on TV or radio flatly denying that as misinformation either haven’t read the bills or don’t understand what they have read.
The legislation already provides for the establishment of government bureaucracies with the power to decide on “cost-effectiveness” in health care, which means the government will decide whether the benefits of your health care to you are worth the costs to the government or other payers. This is the grounds for the extensive government health care rationing we see in other countries with such systems such as Great Britain and Canada, or even in Oregon in the Medicaid program, where those needing life saving care have been told that such care is not cost effective, but the government will pay for physician assisted suicide instead.
The legislation already provides for bureaucracies with the power to decide “comparative effectiveness,” where the government is empowered to decide what health care “works” and what doesn’t. This is what your doctor is for, to decide what will work and what won’t for you. But now a government bureaucracy that doesn’t even know you will be involved, and if your doctor doesn’t follow its decisions, he will be penalized in his reimbursements for your care under “pay for performance.”
And when the steep underpayment of doctors and hospitals under the payment practices of Medicaid and Medicare is extended more generally through the public option government health plan, incentives to invest in health care will be obliterated. That means no investment in new, expanded clinics and hospitals, or even the maintenance of existing ones, no investment in the high tech medical equipment Americans have far greater access to than anywhere else in the world, no investment in the scientific breakthroughs that would provide for the next generation of high tech medical advances, no investment in development of new life saving and pain saving miracle drugs. It means the departure of doctors, specialists and surgeons from current practices, and far fewer new ones coming up. There’s your rationing, your long waiting lines we see in all these other countries, the people dying while waiting for care from their government. Even this is not the whole story, which again is discussed in my Heartland study. The bottom line is, as others have said, the whole Obama health plan is a death panel.
What all of the above means is that Obama is willing to say anything no matter how transparently ridiculous and absurd to pass his government takeover of health care. At this point, you can’t believe a word he says about it.
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.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?