Fox News’ Megyn Kelly & Bill Hemmer are reporting this morning that the “Stimulus” Bill will monitor and limit federally what health care we will have access to,as reported on the Rush Limbaugh show yesterday:
I want to go through what Betsy McCaughey has discovered. We had a nurse on the phone mere moments ago. She wanted to know where she could go to figure out what all’s in it, which is why I again remind you of RushLimbaugh.com. But the stimulus bill, the job-creation bill (so improperly named) creates a “new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology… Now, this new bureaucracy will monitor newly digitized medical records. There are rules-for-health care coverage in this bill, and they will affect every individual in the United States. You can consult if you want to go try to find a PDF copy of the bill you can find the references are on page 445, 454, and 479.”
Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Some people say this is a good thing because it will assist in treatment, particularly in emergencies. When you go in for an emergency, if they can get your records… Let’s say you’re out of town. Say you’re vacationing in Alaska hunting moose and an accident happens up there, but you live in New Jersey. Doctors in Alaska will be able to consult the federal database to find out what your allergies are, what your treatments have been, what mistakes not to make on you.
That’s what they used to sell this, but (laughs) ask Alex Rodriguez about privacy. Anyway, this bill computerizes everybody’s health records. Then after everybody’s health records are computerized, this new bureaucracy is created, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology.
And he’ll have a whole bureaucracy at his disposal that “will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective.” You know, right now a lot of you get all upset at your insurance company because they say, “Well, certain things will be covered and others won’t,” and you want it to be left up to the doctor. Try the government being in charge of what the doctor can do, the kind of treatments that can be extended to you — and I’ll tell you who gets creamed in this, is the elderly. The elderly get really shafted in this, and I’ll explain why here in just a minute. Now, “The goal [of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology] 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.'”
Doctors have to join the federal community here in dolling out treatment so that it’s fair and equitable. “Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity,” Betsy McCaughey writes, “goes too far. 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.
So much for “transparency,” apparently. And so much for grandma when she gets sick.
I am, and continue to be, appalled that three Republication Senators (The two from Maine and the continually redoubtable Arlen Specter) are supporting this bill. Specter was even interviewed by megyn Kelly in the 8am CDT hour of her program on Fox and confronted with this information. Specter, for his part, continued to do his impression of an Eggo Waffle.
If this does not change the votes of the three RINOs, they-need-to-go.
(Is there any provision in Maine or Pennsylvania for the Recall of a Senator?)