Don’t Become Ill if you are a Senior

Act in haste, repent in leisure.  Too bad law makers didn’t pay attention to this when evaluating the stimulus bill.  Many provisions in this bill have far reaching consequences and they have not been debated.


One of the worst for senior citizens and for all people as they grow older is the health care provision that has been inserted.  Medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.  A new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to ensure that your doctor is doing what the government deems appropriate and cost effective.  The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” the doctor’s decisions.  Hospitals and doctors who are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. 

The stimulus bill creates the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, designed to meet Tom Daschle’s goal of slowing the development and use of new medications and technologies because they drive up costs.  Presently, Medicare pays for safe and effective treatments.  This bill applies a cost-effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council.  At a certain age it will be time to die.


Remember, Congress has its own health care system.


Edelweiss Geary

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