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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Vote NO on the “Stimulus Bill”

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Rationed healthcare?  Who does the rationing? Who gets cut off from needed medical therapy?  Are you too old for Government Medicine?  If you have several chronic problems, are you then rationed out of therapy?  Are you costing the Government too much money?  Are Government employees subject to rationed care? Is Congress in the same rationed medical plan? 


Listen carefully, the Government is telling you what they will do

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Stimulus contains rationed medicine
‘Safe, effective’ treatments soon to be limited by ‘cost’

Posted: February 09, 2009
9:29 pm EasternBy Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily former lieutenant governor of New York is warning that the $50 billion that President Obama expects to spend in the next few years on a nationwide digital health records system for every individual easily could, and probably will, result in rationed medical care. WND recently reported on a little-discussed provision in Obama’s plan that would demand every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, raising alarms for privacy advocates.

They said patients might be startled to discover documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.

Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, said unless people have the right to decide “if and when” their health information is shared, there is no real privacy.

Now Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor in
New York and an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, has released a commentary warning about the likelihood of rationed care – or a health care
system that simply provides treatment when it determines the cost-benefit ratio for the treatment and the patient meets its guidelines.

A report in the Indian Express Finance suggested Obama plans to spend $50 billion “over five years” to create and use a system of electronic health records for every person who sees a doctor.

“Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion,” wrote McCaughey. “These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.”

“If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes … in its current form, seniors in the
U.S. will face … rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.”

Other nations that utilize such programs typically deny costly treatments to patients who are senior citizens, and McCaughey warns that would be the case in the
United States, too.

“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. That means the elderly will bear the brunt,” she warned.

“Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost-effectiveness standard,” she said.

McCaughey noted Daschle has discussed such plans, modeled after the
United Kingdom, in his writings, and a national board to make necessary decisions.

“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,” she wrote.

She cited a 2006 ruling in the
U.K. that determined elderly patients with macular degeneration must go blind in one eye before getting treatment with a costly drug to save their other eye, a decision that outraged taxpayers who eventually forced a change.

“Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. 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,” McCaughey said.

The stimulus plan calls its board the “Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.”

“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,” she said.

She said the plan simply needs more review.

“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,” McCaughey said.

She said doctors would end up with no choice about treatments.

“Hospitals and doctors that are not ‘meaningful users’ of the new system will face penalties,” she warned.

The Institute for Health Freedom today also renewed its warning because the system is scheduled to be mandatory for everyone.

“IHF calls on Americans who care about health privacy to contact their members of Congress and President Obama to voice their own opinions about the need for opt-out and patient consent provisions, to ensure true patient privacy rights,” the organization said.

Blevins’ organization, one of the few raising the alarm at this point, said the stimulus plan would impose an electronic health records system on every person in the
U.S. without any provision for seeking patient consent or allowing them not to participate.

“Without those protections, Americans’ electronic health records could be shared – without their consent – with over 600,000 covered entities through the forthcoming nationally linked electronic health-records network,” Blevins said.

“Nobody wants to stop the proper use of good technology,” Blevins said, “and for some people privacy is not an issue.”

But she said the bottom line is that patients “would end up losing control of his or her personal health information.”

WND previously has reported on attempts in Minnesota by state lawmakers to authorize the collection and warehousing of newborns’ DNA without parental consent.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been successful in stopping the action there so far.

The Citizens’ Council on Health Care has worked to publicize the issue in
Minnesota. The group raised opposition when the state Department of Health continued to warehouse DNA without parental consent in violation of the genetic privacy and DNA property rights of parents and children.