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February 10, 2009

Thanks to Porkulus, Daschle Will Help Nationalize Healthcare After All

Posted by Dave Blount at February 10, 2009 9:46 AM

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.

Still not through destroying our country.

On a tip from The MaryHunter.