posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:04 PM
WHY I'M TIRED OF IDIOTS IN FAVOR OF BARRY'S COMMUNIST HEALTH CARE PROGRAM!
OBAMA SNUCK SOCIALIST HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE STIMULUS BILL
By Byron J. Richards, CCN
February 13, 2009
Under the cover of emergency economic legislation the front wave of an entire new system of health care is being pushed on Americans. The strategy for
this ploy was once explained by Obama’s former appointee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and now exposed tax cheat, Senator Tom
Daschle. Daschle spells out the plan on pages 196-197 of his book, Critical – What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis, “The next president
should act immediately to capitalize on the goodwill that greets any incoming administration. If that means attaching a health-care plan to the
federal budget, so be it. This issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.” In other words, public debate should be avoided, forget
about democracy – so that Obama-care does not meet the same fate as Hillary-care.
In the last few days a debate on this issue has blown up on national TV, talk radio, and the internet. It began with an article published on Bloomberg
titled, “Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan” by Betsy McCaughey. McCaughey says the plan could be used to ration care to the elderly,
putting government, not doctors, in charge of what care will be delivered. She has been interviewed on Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck. Fox News, the Drudge
Report, and even Rush Limbaugh have spread the news. Limbaugh warned his listening audience that their patient privacy was at stake and that “Your
medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.” The bottom line of their messages: quality of care and type of care will not
be determined by the doctor, but rather by a new system of cost containment implemented by the federal government.
Democrats have found themselves on the defense. While getting grilled on FOX news Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said, “There is nothing in this
legislation that interferes with a doctor making a decision, with the patient, on what is appropriate care. What is in this legislation is an effort
to make sure we share information – generically, appropriately – so doctors and medical providers can have the best information, but there’s
nothing in this bill that compromises the decision-making between the doctor and the patient.”
Democratic websites have attacked McCaughey, saying she is reading more into the bill than is actually there. She has fired back, saying the
health-care language in the bill has nothing whatsoever to do with new jobs and jump starting the economy. She says, “Americans deserve an open and
honest debate about creating a federal healthcare infrastructure of this magnitude. These health provisions should be removed from the stimulus bill
and offered to Congress in separate legislation.”
We even have Scott Gottlieb getting into the discussion, the former second in command at the FDA, who during his time at the FDA advocated the
industry-friendly position that Americans should be exposed to dangerous and expensive drug experiments and have no right to recourse if they are
injured. Now he says, “The bill will be used to create guidelines to direct doctors’ treatment of difficult, high-cost medical problems.” His
statement means that Big Pharma and Big Biotech are really concerned that their future cash-cow experiments may not be covered by the new plan.
Indeed, Big Pharma was really upset about parts of the plan that called for spending government money to try and compare the effectiveness of drugs,
one to another. This provision has now been changed based on intense lobbying over the past few days. Such a provision would have been really bad news
for Big Pharma, as it would quickly be discovered that their drugs hardly work at all to produce positive health outcomes, especially in preventive
medicine. For a more comprehensive understanding of Big Pharma in relation to the health care handouts in this bill, read my article “Is Obama
Bailing Out Big Pharma’s Bursting Bubble.”
The Hill website reported in early December that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wanted health IT in the stimulus bill to help
avoid a fight on healthcare early in 2009 when lawmakers were drafting broader healthcare legislation. “There are going to be certain costs of
healthcare reform — upfront costs. If I can put some of those upfront costs in the so-called stimulus bill, I’d rather put them there….We’ve
got to create a very significant upfront effort early on and keep the momentum going on healthcare,” said Baucus, who added he was in regular
contact with the Obama team, Kennedy and other key lawmakers.
Several things are certain. Health IT has nothing to do with meaningful stimulus for the economy. It is in the stimulus bill to get its own financial
stimulus, helping to jump start Obama-care without any public debate.
The Scope of Obama’s Health IT
In the 680 page House version of the stimulus bill (H.R.1.E.H., pdf version), almost 200 pages are spent on Health IT (434-627). Right away you can
understand that this is a comprehensive piece of legislation, taking up almost 1/3 of the bill. The legislation establishes within the Department of
Health and Human Services an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which will be headed by a National Coordinator.
This is like creating a new FDA, meaning the size of this new branch of government will end up quite large. It states various admirable purposes, such
as ensuring electronic health information is secure and that it is used to better patient care. An overall goal is to have an electronic health record
for every American by 2014 (page 445).
This is not a passive IT system that is collecting data. It is intended to be used as a tool to deploy a type of care it deems appropriate based on
government employees making policy-related health decisions, with a stated purpose so the IT system “provides appropriate information to help guide
medical decisions at the time and place of care.” (page 442)