John on December 7, 2009 at 10:23 am
Nat Hentoff says be afraid, be very afraid:
To call the dangers of this legislation “death panels” obscures the real-life consequences to Americans, not only the elderly, of a federal government-run health care bureaucracy. In the Senate bill, for instance, Medicare doctors whose treatments each year of certain, mostly elderly, patients costs more than a set government figure will be punished by losing part of their own incomes.
Not only Medicare doctors will be monitored for their cost effectiveness. In the House bill, as the libertarian Cato Institute’s health care specialist Michael Tanner explains, “111 government agencies, boards, commissions and other bureaucracies – all overseen by a new health care czar,” the commissioner of Health Care Choices, will keep watch on what the president has called excessive, wasteful health care expenditures.
Moreover, President Barack Obama has made clear that eventually he desires a U.S. equivalent of the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), a commission that decides which drugs and procedures for patients are within the national budget for health care. The current baseline expenditure for each Briton, according to Michael Tanner, is $44,305 per year.
The failures of NICE are legion. For a few highlights check out this page from drgov.com.
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