Posted by: rotenochsen | February 10, 2009


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Feb. 10th, 2009 | 10:54 am

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

There are many reasons to fear and oppose the so called STIMULUS Bill. Such things as millions of dollars for ACORN,and hunderds of “ear marks” for political purposes. Then there is the prospect that this bill will contribute to the National debt that is already controlled( they hold our bonds) by foreign Countries like Japan and Communist China, and will further devalue our dollar in a spiraling free fall.

But the thing that should strike fear and concern in the hearts of any senior citizen or handicapped person is a little known provision inserted into the “spendulus” bill that would create a Super Board of bureaucrats who would determine when services should be withheld to patients that have been recommended by the patients doctor.

In plain English, this board could withhold services such as angioplasty for persons over 70 years of age, not because it is not an effective treatment, but because it saves money and could be a waste on an elderly person.
This Bill applies to every person in the USA , and it will be electronically monitored to determine if the care prescribed by your doctor is appropriate for cost savings in Federal health care!

The following is so important that I have taken the liberty of copying it entirely from the Patriot Post that describes the formation of this “Rationing Board”.
In England, where the concept has been used for years. An elderly person who has macular degeneration( the most common cause of blindness in people over age 65) is denied surgery until they go blind in one eye!
Canada is another Country that has rationing of medical care, and the wait for surgical procedures can be as long as eighteen months. That is why so many Canadians come to the USA for medical care!

“”On page 151 of this legislative pork-fest [the ‘stimulus’ bill] is one of the clandestine nuggets of social policy manipulation that are peppered throughout the bill. Section 9201 of the stimulus package establishes the ‘Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.’

This body, which would be made up of federal bureaucrats will ‘coordinate the conduct or support of comparative effectiveness and related health services research.’ Sounds benign enough, but the man behind the Coordinating Council, Health and Human Services Secretary-designate [since withdrawn] (and tax cheat) Tom Daschle, was kind enough to explain the goal of this organization. It is to cut health care costs by preventing Americans from getting treatments that the government decides don’t meet their standards for cost effectiveness. In his 2008 book on health care, he explained that such a council would, ‘lower overall spending by determining which medicines, treatments and procedures are most effective-and identifying those that do not justify their high price tags.’

Once a panel of government experts decides what is and what is not cost-effective by their definition, the government will stop paying for treatments, medicines, therapies or devices that fall into the latter category. … Mind you, they are not simply looking to exclude treatments that don’t work, but to exclude treatments that are effective, but whose cost, in their opinion, does not justify their use. The 2006 census showed that over 12 percent of Americans are now senior citizens, and do we want government boards to decide whether they live or die, instead of their doctor! Ever since abortion became a “right” via the unsupreme Court, we have been moving towards euthanasia for the elderly, and if this provision is not stripped out of the stimulus Bill. The government will have the decision not your doctor, who lives and who dies depending on cost savings. God help US!

You, the patient, and your physician don’t get a vote. This would make the federal government the single most important decision-maker regarding health care for every patient in America.” –public affairs consultant Douglas O’Brien
Bold letters added by me for emphasis!

Remember that census statistics show that, “About one in five U.S. residents – 19 percent – reported some level of disability in 2005, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. But, more than one out of three of all the disabled in the U.S. are senior citizens, age 65 or older”. USA census bureau
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