I have gladly accepted the position of dis-disinformation Czar. Actually, we Americans must all accept this responsibility or the Obama Administration will continue to tell the lies about healthcare that might just lead to these morons passing the plan. So, I am just doing my part to keep our President honest. I have never before seen the dishonesty and misinformation come from those in government. Now, I am not naive or blind. I know that politicians lie. They all bend the truth to suit their purposes. This is a Washington tradition that dates back to the Louisiana Purchase and before. But this is over the top; out of control; in your face crazy. How stupid do they think we are? Well, let’s see:
The president has stated over and over that he does NOT support, nor has he ever supported single payer national health care. The following link will suggest otherwise: ?: http://www.breitbart.tv/uncovered-video-obama-explains-how-his-health-care-plan-will-eliminate-private-insurance/ . At an AFL-CIO event in 2003 he clearly said he is a proponent of “single payer”. Again in 2007 while speaking to the SEIU, he said it again. He went further this time and outlined his strategy to get to single payer via a less obtrusive government option. Now, he may not be lying. I mean, he could have been lying back then. Of course, it all depends on what your definition of “proponent” is. You might also say that he was for it, but that was before he was against it.*.-*#
Mr. Obama has also stated as ridiculous that there might be “death panels” that will deny lifesaving medical care because they are at the extremes of life either old or young. Well, that’s exactly what the death panels in a similar system currently in place in Oregon. Just ask Barbara Wagner. Oh wait, she’s dead. Yes, Barbara’s doctor offered hope in the new chemotherapy drug Tarceva, but the Oregon Health Plan sent her a letter telling her the cancer treatment was not approved. Instead, the letter said, the plan would pay for comfort care, including “physician aid in dying,” better known as assisted suicide. http://www.wral.com/golo/blogpost/5755842/ .
Although most of the details of the health care plan won’t be known until after it passes, some very clear ideas are put forth in the text of HR3200. I have placed just a few of the sections from the bill below for your review. Clearly, this is pretty scary stuff. As you read the text below, keep in mind that the blanks will be filled in by the likes of Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel. Dr. Emanuel is a health policy advisor to President Obama and brother of Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, so what he thinks may impact all of us. Dr. Emanuel has some very radical views regarding the rationing of health care. Take for example Emanuel’s comments in a 2008 article in which he says cutting costs won’t be easy:
“Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.”
In other words, these procedural changes aren’t really change at all. Instead, he thinks we need change in how we apply health care coverage. Dr. Emanuel believes doctors try too hard to apply the Hippocratic Oath to everyone as equally as possible, which is what drives up costs. Instead Emanuel thinks we need to ration basic, guaranteed care to only those who can fully participate in society.
According to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health care adviser to President Obama, the elderly with dementia and the young who have neurological disorders should be sacrificed for the common good. I can tell you that as a parent of a special needs child with severe, multiple disabilities, this scares the living hell out of me. If you have a child with autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, or any other neurological disorder or chromosomal defect that prevents him or her from participating in society in the manner Dr. Emanuel or the government thinks they should, that neurological care would not be guaranteed as basic and would, therefore, not be covered in a government takeover of health care.
Now, let me state that I do believe we need to make sure that every LEGAL American citizen has access to the best healthcare system in the world and that it is affordable for everyone. Let me also state that, after reading the bills that are being considered, if the healthcare plan was a good plan, I would let you know that. That being said, the proposals set forth in the house (H.R. 3200) and in the senate are very bad for America for the following reasons:
1. We simply cannot afford it. The Congressional Budget Office states that even with higher taxes on high income earners and penalties on employers who don’t provide coverage, the plan will fall $239 billion short of covering its cost of over $1 trillion. That is their best case scenario without the bill being completely scored.
2. It will not cover everyone. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that over 17 million people would remain uninsured AFTER this plan is implemented.
3. You will not be able to shop for or obtain private insurance if you do not have private insurance prior to the bill being passed. This is somewhat clearly stated on pgs. 16 and 17 in section 102(a)(1)(A).
4. After a 5 year grace period, all private insurers that are still in business will be required to offer a “qualified health benefits” plan based on government standards. The problem is whether or not the “government standards” will exclude private insurers. This on page 17, section 102(b)(1)(A).
5. No new policies will be allowed to be written by a private insurer after the public option becomes law. Also page 17.
6. Every five years, the elderly will have to attend a mandatory “advanced care planning consultation” for an “explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end of life services.” The consultation will be conducted more frequently if a significant change in health condition; including diagnosis of a chronic, progressive, life limiting disease, terminal diagnosis, life threatening injury or upon admission to a skilled nursing or long term care facility. In other words, if you are old, you will be consulted about what your options will be if you get sick, if healthcare would not be an option (see #7). This starts on page 425.
7. Page 501 of the bill starts a section that indicates that $1 billion will be spent on “comparative effectiveness research” which is how the government evaluates relative merits of various treatments. In other words, rationing. This is tantamount to the government determining whether or not you are worth getting a particular treatment depending on your prognosis or age. Sec. 1401 Part D
8. This plan would allow for government funded abortions. Since this bill would cover all procedures, abortion is included. There is no exception for abortion.
9. Members of congress and unions would be exempt from this plan and not have to be a part of the healthcare plan. Recently, John Fleming, introduced H.R. 615 that stated that members that vote in favor of a government run healthcare must enroll under the public option. It was quickly voted down.
Gary D. Helmbrecht, M.D.
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