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The following appeared in the Provo Utah Daily Herald on the 2009 Stimulus Bill.
Take health care. The bill introduces a program to track the health records of every American. That sounds good -- except that it means government intrusion into what should be private health care.
Also slipped into the bill is a new federal bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. This office would monitor treatments to force your doctor to do what the government says is "cost effective." The same government that created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be deciding what treatments you get.
The current stimulus bill would change Medicare standards. A federal panel will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on treatments. The basis for its rulings? A formula based on cost compared to the number of years the patient is expect to live. If you're too old or the treatment costs too much, too bad.
I think this should have broad open public discussion on your web page and in the news media. I hope you can do something to prevent government control of the medical care based on a government determined cost effectiveness based on age.
<This office would monitor treatments to force your doctor to do what the government says is "cost effective." The same government that created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be deciding what treatments you get.>
So you would prefer the morons that loaned hundreds of thousands to people with no proof of income, or the clowns that bought CDO's that they had no idea of how to value. The private sector's ingnorance got us into this mess, not the government.
<The current stimulus bill would change Medicare standards. A federal panel will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on treatments.>
The Stimulus bill simply funded an effort to find the best treatment for medical conditions. That is all. How in the world could any thinking person object to that?
We have a healthcare system that is ranked at #37 in the world. Yet we pay twice what the rest of the world pays for healthcare and we get much inferior results in terms of outcomes. If there is a country that needs this it is certainly the U.S. Our doctors get most of their medical information from the long legged ex-cheerleader sales reps for pharmaceutical and medical supply houses that haunt their offices. It is way past time to require some professionalism from the doctors.
I fell about 6 weeks ago and badly broke my arm. While in the hospital I had 2 nurses touch open wounds with bare hands and had a tech come in to draw blood with a hole cut in her index finger glove so she could "feel" the veins better. With the 3rd cause of death in this country from infections caught in hospitals (over 100,000 people a year) - we desperately need change in our bloated healthcare system.
In terms of your characterization of us old folks as simple victims of the political system, it is obvious you are a youngster. Watch our Congress people’s face when the words Social Security or Medicare are brought up. They will remind you of deer caught in your headlights at night - pure unadulterated fear! PEOPLE OVER AGE 50 REPRESENT OVER 50% OF THE ELECTORATE. CONGRESS WON'T MESS WITH US. NO MATTER WHAT ANY BOOK SAYS - THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE CHANGED INSTANTLY IF IT TRIED.
If I knew of a doctor or a hospital or any other provider that significantly deviated from proven healthcare standards, also rest assured that I would not even get near them. I don’t need arrogant fools “practicing” unproven medicine on me or my family.
We don't need tirades from insurance company executives that are trying to maintain their place and profits from a bloated and inefficient healthcare system. There is no room for their bloated costs and their profit motive in any national healthcare system. Your tirade shows just how desperate they are to hang on.