Which makes it TERRIFYING. While Republicans and Democrats debate whether or not the Overspending bill will actually stimulate the economy, some VERY important things have been slipped into the bill which are not even being discussed. The reality is that Democrats have inserted provisions into the bill that will give the federal government COMPLETE control over your health care under a nationalized health care plan.

H.R. 1 (Porkulus) contains almost all of the key elements of Tom Daschle’s nationalized health care system that he outlined in his 2008 book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. In his book, Daschle insists that doctors will have to “learn to operate less like solo practitioners” and be willing to accept mandatory government controls and guidelines. (Page 196 of Daschle’s book says that the next President should “slip this into a spending bill” to get it passed.)

And that is EXACTLY what this new bill forces doctors to do. H.R. 1 creates a brand new bureaucracy called the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. This new government organization will monitor all medical treatments to make sure that your doctor is prescribing the exact drugs and medical treatments that the federal government believes are “appropriate” and “cost effective”.

These regulations open the doors leading to rationing of healthcare like in the UK or Canada. You may not get treatment if you are old, infirm, or are a 70-ish Senator with a brain tumor. There are penalties for not falling in line, doctors will cherry-pick their patients, and leave those in the greatest need out. The government also doesn’t want you to use new or expensive kinds of treatments. For a real chill read the “QALY” requirements for the NHS (UK’s National Health System). QALY is “Quality of Average Life Years”. It is NOT your definition of “quality of life”. It’s about whether it’s worth treating you so you can work more and put $$$ into the system.

Will Medicare use the data to discriminate? Private insurance carriers almost always follows Medicare’s lead on policies. What kind of safeguards are there that the government won’t say “don’t give this treatment” to a person? It happens now in England if they think you aren’t worth it. Socialized medicine can legally make those types of decisions because it’s the taxpayers money which funds the system.

Bloomberg
says that the elderly will be 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.” Wow.

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.” 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. Euthanasia will be right around the corner.

This is horrifying, and is a VITAL reason to keep calling and emailing your representatives
, and to sign the “no stimulus” petition. Just. Say. NO.

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