Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The danger of universal health care Obama's "Federal Health Boards"

Be careful what you wish for, Obama-ites. There is no free lunch. "Universal health care" will not come without major restrictions, limitations to what care Americans will get.

I am certainly not alone in my warning against universal health care and "Federal Health Boards."

Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. of "The Heritage Foundation" wrote a terrific article in December 2008.


Americans may be in for some unpleasant changes. President-elect Barack Obama,Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), and former Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD)--Obama's choice for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--have outlined policy proposals that, if enacted, would negatively impact private health care for millions of Americans. Private health plans and medical practice might continue to formally exist, but many crucial health care decisions would be made in Washington. All three politicians have advocated the creation of a new public agency--variously described as an institute, board, or council--that would make key recommendations regarding the kinds of medical technologies, treatments, drugs, and procedures that would be officially deemed "effective." To the extent that these recommendations were imposed as a condition for reimbursement, they would constitute an unprecedented level of government regulation and control over the delivery of health care.

Each of these three politicians have also proposed the creation of a new government health plan--sometimes described as a plan like Medicare, other times as a plan "like the FEHBP"--that would "compete" directly with private health plans. The creation of a new public plan would result in millions of Americans losing their employment-based coverage coupled with a massive expansion of government coverage and financial control.
Please read the remainder of Dr. Moffit's article. And also do not forget to grab (and try to read) a copy of Tom Daschle's book "Critical."

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