The Stimulus Bill is a Trojan Horse: Panic to Pass Stimulus Used to Pass Universal Health Care.

 

The following is from Bloomberg.com and is presented in its entirety because it’s the most despicable use of a so called “emergency” I’ve seen in my lifetime.  The fact that this “Stimulus Bill” contains all these massive provisions for Universal Health Care is unforgivable.  Either the “Economic Crisis” is a lie or the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with the economy by trying to force universal health care down our throats with no debate.  Either one is sufficient to vote out every member of congress who votes for this abomination of democracy and this mockery of the people these politicians are supposed to be serving. 

The idea that the Obama Administration would do such a thing is all the evidence that will ever be needed to demonstrate the Presidents contempt for the people of this country and the small regard in which he holds democracy. Clearly President Obama has no regard for the truth and has no problems lying if it will get him what he wants.   Here is a display of elitism in which the paternalist state takes care of you and me because the state thinks we’re too stupid to take care of ourselves.  When Obama talked about Americans clinging to their guns and a racist god in a rapidly changing world he wasn’t kidding.  We have elected a president who holds people in such contempt that he’s willing to “play” us the way a common grifter plays a mark at three card Monty.  Obama wants us not to worry about what’s in the bill only to pass it as soon as possible so that we can be managed the way the Department of Natural Recourses manages a herd of Whitetail Deer.

 

What we need now is a full scale revolt against the Stimulus and the way the Democrats are cheating and dissembling to pass their socialist addenda cloaked as an economic crisis.  I urge everyone to call their elected representatives every day and demand the cheating stop and the spending bill be replaced with massive tax cuts and massive cuts in government services.  It’s time for government to live within its means and we can’t spend our way out of this.  Government is trying to seize control over areas of our lives where it has no business and its time to find a way to stand up and hold government accountable.  This Abomination of a bill will turn your doctor into a veterinarian and you into an economic unit, like an animal, fundamentally owned and operated by the government.  Medical decisions will be made by the state and implemented by your doctor based on cost effectiveness and the good of the state. The Death Culture of the Democrats is on full display and those who rationalized abortion may begin to see the light in old age when treatment is refused them because they’re a burden to the state.  What’s going on in this stimulus bill is pure evil and we better start standing up to it or the democrat’s new socialist government will enslave us all.

 

 

 

 


Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey

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Commentary by Betsy McCaughey

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) — Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy.

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

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.”

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

New Penalties

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.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). 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.

Elderly Hardest Hit

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.

Hidden Provisions

If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. “If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,” he said. “The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.”

More Scrutiny Needed

On Friday, President Obama called it “inexcusable and irresponsible” for senators to delay passing the stimulus bill. In truth, this bill needs more scrutiny.

The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn. This stimulus is dangerous to your health and the economy.

(Betsy McCaughey is former lieutenant governor of New York and is an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer of this column: Betsy McCaughey at Betsymross@aol.com

Last Updated: February 9, 2009 00:01 EST

 

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