Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Stimulus" includes medical-procedure "Star Chamber"

Remind me - what part of this represents "Stimulus"?

Betsy McCaughey @ Bloomberg dredged this up out of the Generational Theft Act of 2009 - Basically straight from the mind of Tom Daschle, it's the groundwork for every Socialist "Healthcare Program" that you ever, never wanted to see come to pass...

"Ruin Your Health With The Obama Stimulus Plan"

For those following along @ home: Here is the link to the Bill as she cites it.

And here are the appropriate Money-Quotes - that ought to scare the HELL out of you...

"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."

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.

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, 518, 540-541)

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 (464).

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.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

By creating a new government office, this piece of insurmountable shite sidesteps any hope of impermanence - unless you believe that an entire agency, with the level of investment that this monstrosity would need, would be likely to be dissolved after the "Stimulus" money ran out.

...yeah - me neither.

The government - dictating to Doctors and Hospitals what treatment you can & cannot receive.
... according to a matrix-chart & based on your likely 'productiveness'.

Which will be terribly efficient for their purposes...

Now, if they decide that 'Old Boxer' just isn't going to be productive anymore, they won't even have to go to the expense & trouble of euthanising him - just check the chart, stamp the file and deny treatment.

Whatever's wrong with him will handle the rest.

If the American people lie down for this - we deserve what we get.

- MuscleDaddy


  1. Boy, they're going to ram it in hard, aren't they?

  2. Wonder if they will look at Ted and say "Well, you just aren't worth keeping alive anymore, Ted. Who do you want to have your Senate seat?"

  3. I've written all my reps and senators, both in FL where I vote and in GA where I have a second home...and they may think I vote there, thus may listen. I understand that thousands of letters and e-mails opposing the so-called 'stimulus' have piled up at each of my legislators. BUT...this legislation is going through anyway.

  4. MD - I like the Star Chamber photo. :)

    It seems that the Stimulus is the lesser of two evils - the Geithner plan about a plan unveiled yesterday, to the markets dismay, is being utterly savaged across the board.

    Martin Wolf of the Financial Times turns his 16-inch battlewagon thumpers upon the administration to begin the salvo.

    Naked Capitalism gives the order to fire sensing blood in the water. I suggest following up on the links he provides at his excellent financial site.

    Steve Keen, a brilliant Australian economist - who was warning about the financial thermonuclear threat posed by derivatives back when he was roundly scoffed at, provides a long, but very informative, essay on "The Roving Cavaliers of Credit"

    It seems that Geithner is loath to admit, as the above-mentioned Martin Wolf suggests, that Team Obama is "Too Politically Frightened" to admit that major US banks are insolvent and their shareholders wiped out.

    Lads - we're in dire straits indeed. Up here, Canadians are thanking Chr├ętien and Martin, previous Liberal Prime Ministers, for not allowing Canadian banks to get more than a toe into the derivatives market. The result is thank TD-Canada Trust is now the 5th largest bank in the world, and the Canadian banking system is considered the strongest in the industrialized world. A mere year ago, the CEO's of the six largest Canadian financial institutions were complaining about missing out on all the great deals and endless cash that was going around. How quickly things change!



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