Isn’t it refreshing to know that the boneheads who screwed up Congress so badly so as to earn approval ratings in the single digits may soon be in charge of your healthcare decisions? From the party who bitched and moaned for years that Republicans were thwarting our individual freedoms comes this new and improved
stimulus stealfromus bill, complete with freedom-loving provisions like the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology:
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). 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.”
Get that? Your medical care will be reviewed by the federal government to determine if it’s appropriate.
Next time you call in sick to work, your boss will ask if you have a note from your government. Doesn’t it make you feel all hopenchangy?