Several aspects of this bill are particularly scary. According to Betsy:
"But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective."My interpretation...no longer will a doctor be able to do what is in your best interest as his patient. Now the doctor must do what is in the best interest of the federal government. You may think that this will minimally affect your health. You would be wrong. Tom Daschle, who is strongly behind this part of the bill, wants to limit medical technology. Betsy states its all in Daschle's book.
"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." [Bold added]What is so horrific is that most people will not directly see the effects. They will continue to go to their doctors and continue to see care, but they will not see the lost opportunities in medical breakthroughs, nor hear about the missed medical procedures that doctors are not allowed to do because our federal government does not deem it acceptable.
If you feel as strongly about these issues as I do, please contact your politicians and let them know what you think.