Essentially, under the stimulus bill, the government will take complete control over the medical system and all treatment options, penalize those who don't want to submit, and mandates that people accept conditions rather than trying to treat them.
"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. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors."
"But the bill goes further. 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)."
"Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill."
" 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."
" 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."
"Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council"
" On Friday, President Obama called it “inexcusable and irresponsible” for senators to delay passing the stimulus bill."
Wow. This IS truly frightening, and appalling! Here I was ranting about all the pork in the bill, like the $9 Billion for the broadband internet program... When is enough enough? Thank you, no. I do not want anyone tinkering with my healthcare or medication unless they are my doctor, and that's bad enough when it needs done! I certainly don't want the government screwing with it, throttling the amount of care I or any other citizen receives, or telling us "too bad" when there might be an alternative. When does it eventually become a political tool used to give substandard treatment to the opposition? Paranoid? Hardly. It's a nightmare as it is, but the potential for even more abuse is astronomical!
How dare they try to force this on the people through another media blitz of fear mongering? So much for hope and change! He's trying to make anyone who intelligently disagrees with him seem like a bad American!
17 states...scratch that... upwards of 27 have already drafted legislation to declare sovereignty, citing the 9th and 10th amendments, and calling on the federal government to cease and desist with the mandates. I wonder if any will actually pass. There's just so much "federal money" tied to everything. One can hope states will assert their rights, in order to protect the rights of the citizens