I am resposting this from below
by Ben G. - Posted Sun February 15, 2009 @ 5:53 AM
because I think it is important that people see that this is inside the bill. The government now has a hand in our health care decisions.
how this is stimulus???
"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."
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,
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."
So basically, lets slow down new medicine development because it costs
too much and lets stick with what works. Do we really want to explain
that to someone who is hoping experimental treatment will work?
And lets let government guide our doctors to make the decisions for
Did you know that when Arlen Spector was questioned about this
provision he DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS IN THE BILL (this is on tape, and I
will post you the link if you want it)?
These people haven't read the bill and they are trying to pass this
thing. That doesn't scare anyone at all?