Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Health Care Rationing


Feb. 10, 2009 - Betsy McCaughey, an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, has exposed what may have been the best kept secret in Washington –– Obama’s ““stimulus”” bill allows a Federal bureaucrat to overrule the treatment decisions of the doctor who examined you.

The bill creates a new bureaucracy -- the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. Its purpose is to make sure your doctor is treating you the way the Federal government thinks is appropriate and cost effective. While your doctor is chiefly concerned with keeping you alive and healthy, the government is intent on saving money.

A similar proposal, she reports, was made by former Sen. Tom Daschle in his 2008 book, "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.' In the book Daschle says doctors have to give up their autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Daschle also had advice for older persons. “Seniors,” he said, “should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.” Americans, he urged, should follow the example of Europeans and accept “hopeless diagnoses” instead of trying experimental treatments that could save their lives.

McCaughey notes that Medicare currently pays for treatments considered safe and effective. The stimulus bill changes that and applies instead a cost-effectiveness standard set by the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. It resembles a British government agency described in Daschle’s book.

It approves or rejects a treatment depending on the number of years it decides the patient is likely to benefit from it Treatments for older patients are approved less often because the agency believes they won’t live long enough to justify the cost.

This, of course, is a self-fulfilling projection since denying the treatment could result in early death. A succinct term for this policy is involuntary euthanasia or, even more succinctly, murder.

According to McCaughey, the bill doesn’t spell out what may happen to doctors who refuse to surrender their autonomy and persist in operating as “solo practitioners.” But it does make clear that hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. What “meaningful user” means is left to the Health and Human Services secretary who can impose more stringent measures of meaningful use over time.

The fact that Daschle was Obama's first choice for this post reveals the President's plans for our medical care and, ultimately, for our longevity..

Doctors who hope to avoid the “more stringent measures” will fall in line and limit the treatments they prescribe to those approved by the federal government even if it means the death of their patient. A succinct term for this policy is involuntary euthanasia or, even more succinctly, murder.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Obama's Stimulus Plan of Salvation

When I posted to Facebook the excerpts below, taken from the February 7th Epoch Times story, Obama Greets U.S. Stimulus Deal, Pounds Critics, along with my response, I was unaware of Obama's February 5th Washington Post editorial, The Action Americans Need. After reading Obama's editorial, I think I was really soft on him. We are in a real mess with this Administration's delusions of grandeur.


"We can't expect relief from the tired old theories that, in eight short years, doubled the national debt, threw our economy into a tailspin, and led us into this mess in the first place," Obama said.

"We can't rely on a losing formula that offers only tax cuts as the answer to all our problems while ignoring our fundamental economic challenges."


So, what can we rely on to boost our economy, President Obama? HOPE? Hope that paying off the basest of your political base, handing our condoms, and expanding the killing of the unborn, will CUT COSTS and create jobs? CHANGE? Expecting that you changing back to Clinton administration faces, with special emphasis on tax evaders, will be the salvation of our economy.

Mr. President, Jesus Christ has redemptive power. I know Jesus Christ. I regret that I need to say this, but you're no Jesus Christ. Please repent, and propose a real stimulus plan, hold the condiments and the bacon, and hold out for real bi-partisan support.