Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More bad stuff from the Obama Pork bill

Say Goodbye to medical privacy. The government is now in charge thanks to Obama and Tom Dasshole's handywork.

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.”

"Guide" decusions? Monitoring of treatments. Oops, this costs too much, kill em off.

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)

So, the power is left in the hands of a political hack. It gets worse.

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.

That's in the "economic stimulus" package. This isn't a separate bill, but is snuck into a "rescue" package. That is what is done with horrible plans that can not stand up to scrutiny. The crap is hidden in someone dressed up to be "better" and gets passed without people knowing about it. It happened with the Patriot Act and it is happening here. When there is tough times and a crisis is sold, Congress bends the public over and gives them a collective screwing and that is what is happening here.

This fascist bill needs to die and die now. The last people I want to know my medical history or running any treatment is the government.


Communications guru said...

Give me a break. What about the black helicopters? I thought that crap died with rightwing fanatic Tim McVeigh.

Bill Baker said...

This bill is absolute JUNK! If this stays it will destroy our healthcare system.

bluzie said...

There is not one ounce of truth to your paranoia on the matter of your medical privacy.
How you can honestly believe this is stunning.
Do you worry about banking or paying your federal taxes online?
Do you know how helpful this is to emergency medicine?
University of Michigan has been using online medical records for years.
They are as diligent about privacy as ever. Remember when the right wing wanted to review all abortions and they were denied due to medical privacy?
There is nothing wrong with having a difference of opinion on political issues, but making up outcomes is more silliness our country cannot afford.

Bachbone said...

"bluzie" must be a product of the public school system, for (s)he comments on 'medical privacy' mentioned in the first sentence and apparently reads no further, or if (s)he did, fails to comprehend what (s)he read.

But the rest of the piece explains how socialized medicine is built into the proposed system, and even the citations are provided for anyone who can read and wants to see the truth. Even a link to the Bill is provided in the post above (Pork Bill Passes Senate).

Tom Daschle couldn't even figure out how to pay his taxes, but he purports to know what is best for my health care. And he proposes to have some bureaucrat decide and order my doctor what to do and not do to treat me. This mode of medicine has worked so well in Canada, Europe and UK that Congress should be able to delete it from the Bill in a half second if it uses the half brain it has.

liberalshateusa said...

They must have let Bluzie stop taking her medicine.What a moron. Bluzie when the feds say your Mothers medical procedure is to expensive as to her age then go back and have some one explain to you what is about to happen.