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.