Stimulus Bill May Change Health Care Forever

The recent “stimulus” bill that passed Congress may fundamentally change the way health care is delivered to all Americans. It will hand over decisions about your care to a group of bureaucrats you won’t have the chance to elect. The “stimulus” establishes a new government body to assess Americans’ health care and to make sure drugs and treatments “that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed.”

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As reported in the Washington Times: The predecessor of this new bureaucracy operates in the United Kingdom. The British National Health Service (NHS), revered by fans of government health care, has a body that compares and assesses drugs and treatments. It’s called the National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness (not-too-aptly nicknamed NICE).

It became infamous for denying cancer patients new drugs that had proven to be effective. They were deemed medically effective – but not cost-effective.

Health care spending is indeed a problem. But having the government decide which treatments are acceptable is beyond frightening – and it doesn’t make sense.

Peter Pitts, head of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former FDA associate commissioner, explained why “one-size-fits-all” medicine doesn’t work: Most comparative effectiveness studies “don’t capture the genetic variations that explain differences in response to medicines by different patients.”

Having a board that excludes any treatment on the basis of comparative effectiveness is a danger to the health of those who fall outside the norms – and with the government setting those norms, any of us could end up as outliers.

The “stimulus” bill passed by the House creates this board. It allocates more than $1 billion for comparative effectiveness research. And it gives the new health and human services secretary (whoever that turns out to be) an additional $400 million at his or her discretion. The supposed purpose of the bill – to “stimulate” the U.S. economy – is long gone. 

Here’s the full story.  

Con to these ideas: Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan 

Pro to these ideas: Health-care Cure for the Economy

After you read both sides, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. 

 

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2 Responses to Stimulus Bill May Change Health Care Forever

  1. arlene llanes says:

    The fact that the new president and congress are taking away our freedom and the right to make choice about our life in general and our healthcare is beyond belief!
    Is congress not thinking it will affect them and their families as well? Or becasue they make so much money they can buy what ever care and medicine they need.
    They have totally ignored the constitution of our county and what our founding fathers had in mind for this country. Freedom in our decisions about our life.
    We need to band together and campagin to vote out all the people in congress in the next election.
    God help us and our country.

  2. Sheri says:

    Well folks, welcome to the wonderful world of “socialized medicine.” Just wait till they want to get all our medical information onto the “national database.” So much for doctor/patient privacy. Many eyes will be privy to our information.

    We were warned about all of these things to come with an Obama administration in place. Here we are! Don’t stop fighting, we still are citizens of this country and our voices MUST be heard!!

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