by Betsy McCaughey 

EXCERPT: Read the full article at http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs

 

Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama's stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy.

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they  "are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

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."

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

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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. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

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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.

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(Betsy McCaughey is former lieutenant governor of New York and is an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The opinions expressed are her own.)

 
 

5 Comments

  1. kelli says:

    After all the discussion about the stimulus plan from television and print media, how is it that this is the very first time I've heard about this. I consider myself a pretty intelligent and informed person but this is news to me and if true, it's just one more time that government will stick it to us. I absolutely disagree with this and intend to to all I can to make sure more people are aware of what's going on.

  2. kelli says:

    After all the discussion about the stimulus plan from television and print media, how is it that this is the very first time I've heard about this. I consider myself a pretty intelligent and informed person but this is news to me and if true, it's just one more time that government will stick it to us. I absolutely disagree with this and intend to to all I can to make sure more people are aware of what's going on.

  3. Lila Gorisek says:

    If Daschae thinks that we as seniors should just let nature take it's course' why not start with Ted Kennedy.

    Why is he getting all this Dr's care? He is just gonna die anyway.

    I sure would like to see what happends when him or his family gets older.

    I bet they will not just become a number on some goverment computer.

    Maybe we should just kill the babies and then we would have no old people.

  4. Lila Gorisek says:

    If Daschae thinks that we as seniors should just let nature take it's course' why not start with Ted Kennedy.

    Why is he getting all this Dr's care? He is just gonna die anyway.

    I sure would like to see what happends when him or his family gets older.

    I bet they will not just become a number on some goverment computer.

    Maybe we should just kill the babies and then we would have no old people.

  5. Anonymous says:

    At a time when medical science offers the hope of major improvements in the treatment of a wide range of dread diseases, should Washington be limiting the available care and, in the process, discouraging medical researchers from developing new procedures and products? Although health care is much more expensive than it was 30 years ago, who today would settle for the health care of the 1970s?
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