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February 10, 2009

Thanks to Porkulus, Daschle Will Help Nationalize Healthcare After All

There's more to the Porkzilla abomination than an attempt to bury the economy so deep in debt that our capitalist system can never recover. This bid to establish socialism works much more directly in some respects. For example, disgraced tax cheat Tom Daschle — who was to be in charge of nationalizing the healthcare industry — left his mark on the bill. Writes Betsy McCaughey (page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH):

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. … 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."

That will go for everyone in America after Hope & Change put an end to the enlightened individualism that has made this country great.

But what about doctors who resist absorption into the federal Borg?

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)
What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the "tough" decisions elected politicians won't make.
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle's book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept "hopeless diagnoses" and "forgo experimental treatments," and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Even before socialized medicine inevitably degenerates into mandatory euthanasia à la Logan's Run, the elderly will be hit hard.

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.

The slippery Daschle gets credit for the strategy of hiding this takeover of the healthcare system in an unrelated bill.

Daschle supported the Clinton administration's health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. "If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it," he said.

McCaughey concludes:

The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn. This stimulus is dangerous to your health and the economy.

It's been said by many that Porkzilla is not a stimulus package, but a spending bill. More accurately, it is a power play. The ultra-left Democrats in control of the government intend to destroy America as we know it and impose authoritarian socialism; the passage of this bill will indicate how quickly they can do so.

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Still not through destroying our country.

On a tip from The MaryHunter.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 10, 2009 9:46 AM

Comments

Rugged individualism and self-sufficiency used to be considered American virtues. Nowadays, they are called extremist and right-wing.

You should be aware that on the short bus to replace Tom Daschle at HHS is Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm --- a Berkeley educated Canadian. Soon to do for health care what she did to Michigan's economy.

Posted by: V the K at February 10, 2009 10:04 AM

"Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them."

We don't need all you old farts with your outdated ideas about the Constitution and Capitalism anyway, so just shut up and die.

We don't want our daughters "punished" with babies either, so we need more money earmarked to kill the little suckers before they're born.

Posted by: Kathleen at February 10, 2009 10:23 AM

If one was a conspiracy theorist, one might link this health "care" plan to the ideas put forth by Steven Kotler below. Eliminate 4.4 billion people. Let's see, if everybody quits having babies and we kill off all the old folks... It's a good start anyway

Posted by: Kathleen at February 10, 2009 10:32 AM

"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."

The satire is becoming reality.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: cowlove at February 10, 2009 10:33 AM

We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Posted by: Kathleen at February 10, 2009 10:37 AM

I've called my senators but they are Republican so it didn't help much. I sent phone numbers of every senator to all my email friends. And now I want to crawl back under the bed and hide for 4 years. Crappy health care like the rest of the world and no care when I hit 65---great. I loved the part where in the UK they wanted the elderly to go blind in one eye before they could have surgery to stop macular degeneration. It's like a bad dream.

Posted by: zombywolf at February 10, 2009 10:41 AM

"Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them."

Didn't the governor of Colorado, IIRC, get in a lot of trouble for saying old people had a "duty to die?"

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at February 10, 2009 11:00 AM

This is an outrage, everybody go viral on the net with this, and keep the emails and phones ringing at your congresscrud, be they D or R. Un freaking believable!

Posted by: Karin at February 10, 2009 11:22 AM

Is this what Zero was blathering on about in his speeches when he talked about updated technology to avoid hospital mistakes and the like? IMPEACH now!

Posted by: Karin at February 10, 2009 11:24 AM

Hey, where is the AARP? Finding and fighting stuff like this is their reason for being, not senior discounts on hotel rooms.

Posted by: Nancy at February 10, 2009 12:03 PM

I'm feeling better,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.
I want to go for a walk,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
I want to go dancing,,,,,,,,,,

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD

we had healthcare, I was young once.

Posted by: czuch at February 10, 2009 12:11 PM

Aaaah, great point Nancy. AARP is usually just a shill for the Democrat Party. Mayhaps they'll rethink a little when their members actually start see the writing on the wall here.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at February 10, 2009 12:14 PM

Wow, stop progress to abridge cost? He sure is a heavy handed, self righteous, pompas ass for a lying tax cheat

Posted by: Andrew at February 10, 2009 12:14 PM

Tom Daschele sitting there planning big time taxes for us all and more regulations all under the rulings of our newly elected dictator

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at February 10, 2009 12:25 PM

I sent it to AARP.

Posted by: Karin at February 10, 2009 1:10 PM

So, I assume Teddy Kennedy has stopped getting treatment to set an example.

Posted by: claw at February 10, 2009 1:15 PM

"So, I assume Teddy Kennedy has stopped getting treatment to set an example."

Yeah, that's gonna happen about the same time Queen Nancy stops the botox treatments and Barney Frank gives up his weekly "proctologist" appointments.

Posted by: Kathleen at February 10, 2009 2:19 PM

In other words, "How dare you wish to live in comfort in your old age, even if you can afford it!" The true horror of this period in American history will be felt a generation from now as people in their 40s and 50s begin to suffer from the effects of "old age", only not only will their doctors refuse to do anything about it (or risk a government smack-down), but they have not the means to even pay for it "on the side" as the gigantic taxes required to pay for all of this has left everyone just scraping by. I fear it may take a revolution to fix all of this mess, and even then I'm not sure the outcome will be much better - the pigs tend to begin wearing clothes, living in the farmer's house, and walking upright once the revolution is over.

We need a National "Thank a Bureaucrat" Day, celebrated by picking some bureaucrats at random and attaching them to the nearest lamppost, neck first.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at February 10, 2009 3:18 PM

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.

Who is such a sucker that he believes Daschle will hold himself to this standard when he's geriatric?

Posted by: BURNING HOT at February 10, 2009 7:57 PM

Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them.

If one was a conspiracy theorist, one might link this health "care" plan to the ideas put forth by Steven Kotler below. Eliminate 4.4 billion people. Let's see, if everybody quits having babies and we kill off all the old folks... It's a good start anyway

Posted by: Kathleen at February 10, 2009 10:32 AM

I immediately thought the exact same thing; although I don't see an active conspiracy so much as a shared ideology.

The ideology of collectivism and redistribution that gave us communism and, if left unchecked, will give us worse horrors in the future.

There's no difference between the ideology of people like Daschle and people like Stalin. Well, there is: one is like being stabbed with a long knife, and the other is like being stabbed with a short knife.

Anyone who is willing to tell the most fragile of society to "be accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them" is unhinged and evil.

Posted by: mandible claw at February 11, 2009 11:18 PM