If you think the price tag for today’s “stimulus” boondoggle is scary, the bill’s hidden health care provisions will make your hair stand on end. As Betsy McCaughey puts it:

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion … Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health.

For example:

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.

Can you feel Big Brother breathing down your neck yet? No? Well check this out:

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.’

And if you think only doctors and hospitals will take it in the shorts, consider the other health bureaucracy created by the porkulus bill: the “Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.”

This board is modeled after Britain’s ironically named NICE, a bureaucracy full of soulless appatchiks who routinely hand down death sentences to cancer patients. 

Yes indeed. That’s just the sort of change we need.

Comments 1

  1. CS Goldstein wrote:

    See “Cross-country check-up,” which devoted a recent show to what is right and wrong withthe Canadian Healthcare system.There are podcasts and one can listen to stories and opinions about Canada,the US, England, and Australia. I strongly recommend it and take notes and copy the show. It’s at on Radio 1.

    Posted 03 Mar 2009 at 5:07 pm

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *