Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Government Medical Experts

Bad enough that the stimulus bill is about to plunge the United States into colossal debt for generations but it looks like America's health care is about to be destroyed by government interference.

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).

Quite apart from the fact that health-care decisions obviously have nothing whatsoever to do with an economic stimulus, this basically means that in future the medical decisions made by doctors will not be guided by what's best for the patient but by what the .gov thinks is most cost effective. So if you suffer from a serious illness threatening your life, you'll have to hope that curing you meets with the approval of some Washington bean-counter.

Just look at the NHS to see how that works out. In effect, it's the beginning of rationed health-care.

Then there's this-

Democrat Sen. Jon Tester was just grilled about these provisions. He blubbered like Specter that he wasn’t aware of them: “The language will be fixed if it’s in there.”

So your representatives in Washington just admitted they voted on a bill without actually knowing what it contained. Isn't that supposed to be their job?

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