10 Feb 2009

Get Ready for the Health Czar

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I have not vetted this stuff–i.e. I haven’t gone and checked to see if the language really is in the bill–but Betsy McCaughey has dug up some some truly chilling “reforms” to the medical industry that are currently in the “stimulus” bill. Ahh, we get mugged a trillion dollars in order to pay for the socialization of our health care. Woo hoo!

Like I said, I haven’t gone and verified that McCaughey is accurately representing the provisions, but here’s her take:

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.”

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