Your Health Care: Property of the State

Proponents say electronic health records are superior in many ways. … Also, worries about patients’ privacy persist. – Arizona Republic

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States”.  Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.  …  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. …  Tom 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…” [Bloomberg Reports]

A tale of two views, Big Brother making your health care decisions.  The Arizona Republic is careful to avoid telling you why the medical industry in Arizona is moving so quickly to digital and database; simple, those medical providers not in compliance will not become approved providers on your healthcare insurance unless they comply.

Of course, you don’t have to comply.  But then again, the costs of maintaining your medical services with a doctor not in compliance will be astronomical.  The debt of the Obama stimulus program is being used to force your medical and healthcare decisions into the hands of a federal bureaucracy.

Here’s where the dog hunts:  My 71 year old aunt has lived in Great Britain for going on 25 or more years now and is a legal property owning tax-paying  resident.  She had her first heart attack when she was 66.  Although diagnosed as needing a bypass procedure, she was not “approved” by the government health ministry for the procedure until 2 more heart attacks and 3 years had passed.  The reason?  Simple, she was judged too old to be given medical priority (that and she was a Yank not a Brit).

The system had decided her priority for medical treatment.  She is a used bookstore manager and co-owner, but her expected future productivity was deemed insufficient against other medical users of more value to the state.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2009/04/17/20090417stim-biz-medical0417.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs#

Of course silly me, that’s only in Great Britain.  It could never happen here.

Then again, maybe it could.  Read Tom Daschle’s book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” If you are over 50, be concerned. As for the buffoons at the Arizona Republic?  They’ll print anything if they think it makes the Administration’s programs look good.

File this under, O’bam-it!


Comments

  1. Kenny Jacobs says:

    You are a day late and several facts short, again:

    –The National Coordinator of Health Information Technology is not a new bureaucracy created in the stimulus. Bush signed it into office in 2004. it has a web site, a director, and, presumably, a phone line, which could have been used by McCaughey or Bloomberg to check the next fact: That it will “monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective.”–
    http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=02&year=2009&base_name=lies_damn_lies_and_betsy_mccau

    and:

    –In my view, Dr. McCaughey’s interpretation of the health care provisions of the Stimulus Bill go well beyond a simple misunderstanding of what the bill is intended to enact, leaving us to question her true intentions. If McCaughey wants to inform us of her opinions with respect to the Daschle Plan for the American health care system, she should certainly do so. However, mixing and matching Daschle with actual legislation, in an effort to mislead, does a true disservice to those who want to understand the true impact of the Bill on the US health system.

    I would expect far better from Bloomberg.com.–
    http://culture11.com/blogs/hcc/2009/02/10/stimulus-bill-health-scare-could-betsy-mccaughey-be-more-full-ofbad-information/?cp=3

  2. Veritas Vincit says:

    Kenny, there you go again. Any healthcare proposal or plan has Tom Daschle’s DNA all over it. And if you don’t understand that reality, then there’s not much hope.

    Get familiar with Great Britain’s health care system to see where this is going. The folks who brought you the Post Office and AmTrack are doing your healthcare.

    Think of it this way; there are 3 credit rating agencies and, they get your credit information screwed up all the time. Its next to impossible to get it straightened out once its sideways…

    That’s what’s going to happen to YOUR healthcare Kenny. I’ll be in the ground pushing up Daisy’s and feed’en the worms. You’ll have to live with the creation from Frank’en Daschle’s laboratory.

  3. Kenny Jacobs says:

    V, since you didn’t address the issues and concerns with Dr. McCaughey’s credibility then I take it you agree.

    Since you didn’t address anything in my post I take it you either agree or don’t comprehend the points. Dr. McCaughey’s criticism of the the Obama health plan was discredited weeks ago.

    Next.

  4. Veritas Vincit says:

    Kenny, There you go again making a sweeping macro statement lacking any substantiation to back it up.

    now quick, go Google something to respond with.

    Who “discredited” Dr. McCaughey? That matters.

  5. Kenny Jacobs says:

    V, check the links in my first reply. One is a conservative website. Remember, reading is fundamental.

    Again, since you presented no argument in rebuttal, I’ll assume you have none.

    V, doesn’t being a cut-n-paste hack get boring?

  6. Veritas Vincit says:

    I think I gave two sides to the story. This was to (pay attention Kenny) engender dialog.

    I am intimately familiar with healthcare in GB and that is the model the Obama/Daschle folks wish to follow here.

    I also know how screwed up large databases can become, and to think of my medical records being kept as the three credit rating agencies keep credit information? Well, that’s not tolerable.

    Oddly enough, the Social Security Administration and the VA still send updates, account balances and newsletters to a friend of mine’s deceased ex-husband who passed away in 2000.

    Is that what you want for your medical records?

    Here’s the question you have not answered Kenny: Why should your personal medical files be available to every government agency and some marketing research agencies?

    Please explain why the government has any business in my medical files.

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