Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Via Matt Drudge comes an article by Betsy McCaughey, a former Lieutenant Governor of New York, on an aspect of the "stimulus" bill that needs closer scrutiny: how it will affect the medical sector. Among many other very bad things is the following:
In [Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis], Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the "tough" decisions [i.e., rationing --ed] elected politicians won't make.Tom "Details Kill" Daschle, who supported socialized medicine during Bill Clinton's term, is behind many of these provisions.
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle's book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept "hopeless diagnoses" and "forgo experimental treatments," and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
This is two days in a row now that I have seen the Left calling for the government to force people to accept less freedom because some activity the government should have nothing to do with is costing -- whom? -- "too much".
And to think this administration is not yet a month old! Let everyone you can think of who might care know about this.