The Health Bill Is Scary. WSJ.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is also a physician. As such, his interpretation of the current Senate health care bill is a salient explanation of the hidden dangers that belie current legislation that is being categorized as emergent in need of passage. He exposes the truth behind the Democrat supported bill that was passed in December 2009. The bill which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is insistent must now be reconciled with the House version delivered by Madam Nancy Pelosi, both fueled by President Barack Obama. No sense in letting the details emerge from behind closed doors.
Why let the public know the frightening details this early? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
the Reid bill (in sections 3403 and 2021) explicitly empowers Medicare to deny treatment based on cost. An Independent Medicare Advisory Board created by the bill—composed of permanent, unelected and, therefore, unaccountable members—will greatly expand the rationing practices that already occur in the program.
Section 6301 of the Reid bill creates new comparative effectiveness research (CER) programs. CER panels have been used as rationing commissions in other countries such as the U.K., where 15,000 cancer patients die prematurely every year according to the National Cancer Intelligence Network.
the Reid bill depends on the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in no fewer than 14 places. This task force was responsible for advising women under 50 to not undergo annual mammograms. The administration claims the task force recommendations do not carry the force of law, but the Reid bill itself contradicts them in section 2713. The bill explicitly states, on page 17, that health insurance plans “shall provide coverage for” services approved by the task force. This chilling provision represents the government stepping between doctors and patients. When the government asserts the power to provide care, it also asserts the power to deny care.
the bill expands Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the poverty level, that too will lead to rationing. Because Washington bureaucrats have created a system that underpays doctors, 40% of doctors already restrict access to Medicaid patients, and therefore ration care.
will produce skyrocketing premiums and reduced care for everyone. My state’s own insurance commissioner, a Democrat, recently confirmed this concern to me in a letter noting that “the result will be higher insurance rates due to a higher percentage of insured being higher risk/expense individuals.”
The call to Repeal the Health Bill seems then quite reasonable after all.