by Melissa Clouthier | January 28, 2009 10:59 am
A stimulus bill ostensibly stimulates the economy to grow. That means that money is put into a system to grow or build things that people want to buy–creating jobs and then creating money and then creating consumers who buy other stuff. It’s not rocket science, really.
That’s not what this Stimulus bill before the American people is all about though. So far, beyond being a big “I love you” blank-check to Democrat constituencies, it’s also a huge power-grab by the government. Perhaps the most disturbing power taking is happening in health care. From the New York Times:
As Congress rushes to inject cash into a listless economy, it is setting aside many of the restraints that have checked new domestic spending for more than a decade. The White House said the changes contemplated by Congress would provide coverage for nearly 8.5 million newly uninsured people who had lost their jobs and would protect Medicaid for many more whose eligibility would otherwise be at risk.
Of the $127 billion cost, the Congressional Budget Office said, $87 billion would be used to increase the federal share of Medicaid, $29 billion would subsidize private insurance and $11 billion would finance Medicaid for unemployed workers who could not otherwise qualify.
Most of the aid is billed as temporary. But Republicans fear that states would get hooked on it, just as they might grow accustomed to a big increase in federal aid to education, also included in the bill.
Democrats said the current economic crisis did not allow time for public hearings on the legislation.
The Democrats know that the American people won’t like a huge expansion of the government. But really, it’s not just expansion but what the Obama administration wants to do with the expansion. From Amanda Carpenter:
And, as written today, the bill gives billions to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Daschle’s to conduct “comparative medical research” and issue a final report.
Under the bill univeral health care advocate Daschle would receive $400 million to compare various medial treatments. The language, on page 135 of the bill, says it would fund “conduct, support, or synthesize research that compares the clinical outcomes,effectiveness, and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions; and encourage the development and use of clinical registries, clinical data networks, and other forms of electronic health data that can be used to generate or obtain outcomes data.”
In other words, his job would be to find out what medical practices work and which ones don’t.
Daschle would receive another $1.5 billion to give a final report to President Obama “containing information describing Federal activities on comparative effectiveness research and recommendations for additional investments in such research.”
The government, nameless, faceless bureaucrats will decide what is acceptable treatment and what is not. They will decide who deserves to die and who does not. They will make choices for the “greater good”.
Doctors and patients and the insurance worker familiar with the case won’t be making these choices–all have a direct stake in the outcome of the decision–a government worker will. Think IRS worker but for your health. Think DMV but life or death decisions with mile long waits.
This is what the Democrats are proposing and don’t have time for public hearings for. No discussions from patients or insurers or doctors, just the Congress and President Obama ramming through legislation because they can–they control the House, the Senate and the executive branch. They are taking advantage of the position.
Far from the economy being stimulated, the health care industry will be controlled by the government. Evidently, the auto industry, banking industry and Wall Street isn’t enough for these people. They want to control it all.
More at the Wall Street Journal
H/T Matt Lewis
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