Navigation Links
Blitzkrieg Declared On American Medicine
Date:12/10/2008

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The incoming administration and Democratic Congress are determined to complete the job started around 1900 and last attempted by Clinton in 1993: the nationalization of American medicine. They plan to move fast, seize momentum, and not let go.

"We need to be on the offense," said former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle, presumptive new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The bill might well be S. 1, and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) may seek support for this as his final Act before he departs the Senate. Obama is expected to go along with it, despite some initial differences, and might sign it shortly after Inauguration.

This bill will favor the insurance industry even more than Clinton Care did, perhaps because Kennedy and Obama fear a repeat of the Harry and Louise television ads that helped sink the Clinton plan. Insurance companies are getting a gold mine this time in return for their support: everyone will be forced to buy a government-approved plan, however overpriced and undesirable it is. Subsidies to select groups will buy off opposition.

Because insurers will be forced to take all comers and charge them all the same, younger and healthier people will be greatly overcharged to subsidize those who are older and sicker. Since the charge will not be based on risk, it may be called a "premium," but it will actually be a privatized tax: a neat way to circumvent resistance to tax increases, while pouring more money into the system. Long waiting lists for seeing your doctor will develop because healthy people seeking their money's worth will crowd out those who really need the care.

From Clinton's failure in 1994, Obama has learned not to propose a 1,500-page bill, full of details that can be targeted. Instead, he wants broad principles, with details to be filled in later, possibly by Daschle's "Health Care Fed."

Instead of having a task force with appointed members meeting for months, Obama will invite anybody and everybody to convey concerns and experiences--in "house parties" between Dec 15 and Dec 31. These will be posted on www.change.gov. Then a bill can roll right through Congress while falsely claiming public support.

Although the misleading number of uninsured is a frequent talking point, the main goal is not just to provide coverage, but to dramatically change the way medicine is practiced. Most uninsured choose not to buy overpriced insurance products that they do not need, and simply pay out-of-out pocket for medical care they do need. But by using the scary term "uninsured," a few political insiders hope to sell the public what the insurance companies really want: more customers and more profits.

As Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) wrote in his Call to Action: Health Reform 2009: "The nation's healthcare stakeholdersare signaling that they are ready and willing to engage in serious and comprehensive reform of the health system in crisis."

A key element of Obama/Kennedy/Baucus proposals is the interoperable electronic medical record. This is needed for controlling and monitoring doctors, and rationing their care. Demand will inevitably soar if care seems to be "free" or nearly so to millions of newly insured. Increasingly severe rationing of sickness care will be unavoidable. Electronic surveillance is an essential tool in the arsenal, to cloak care denial in the guise of monitoring "quality" measures, prescribing practices, "disparities," and compliance with coding/billing rules.

The inner circle of stakeholders meeting with Obama, Kennedy, Daschle, and Baucus includes the AARP, which collects about half a billion dollars a year from its endorsement of insurance products, and the AMA, which makes tens of millions from its exclusive contract to provide medical procedure codes.

"The reformers have co-opted much of the opposition that protected us from the Clinton Plan," stated Jane Orient, M.D., Executive Director of AAPS, which represents private physicians nationwide. "The resistance will have to come from physicians defending their profession, and patients defending their right to make their own medical decisions."

ANALYSIS OF BAUCUS CALL TO ACTION AVAILABLE. See http://www.aapsonline.org/health-care-reform-baucus.php.

NOTE: AAPS is a non-profit, professional association of physicians in all specialties, dedicated since 1943 to protection of the patient-physician relationship. It accepts no corporate or government funding, and its board members and officers serve without compensation.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. 30 Years After State of Emergency Declared at Love Canal, NY Closing the 99th Street School Triggering the Federal Superfund Program; Schools & Communities Across the Nation Still at Risk of Toxic Contamination
2. Leiner Health Products Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Liquimax(R) Multivitamin
3. Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy Ingredient in Bulk Cases of GFS Ultra-Pasteurized Non-Dairy Creamer
4. CATalyst Summit Declared a Success: Its All About the Cat!
5. RxElite Registration Statement Declared Effective by Securities and Exchange Commission
6. MedCom USAs Subsidiary Card Activation Technologies, Inc.s SB2 Registration Declared Effective by SEC
7. P.A.C.K. Week Declared in Support of Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Month
8. Melanoma Foundation of New England Wins Gold Triangle Award From the American Academy of Dermatology
9. American Lung Association Announces Support of Pickens Plan
10. Fewer HIV-Infected Americans Passing the Virus On
11. Eisai Inc. and the North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF)* Introduce the DVTeamCare(TM) Hospital Award and Call for Nominations
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Dr. James Maisel will present on ... Chapter on June 4, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Farmingdale Public Library. The ... Group of New York , is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who completed his ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Leadership of Life Science Logistics ... organization has earned its ISO 13485 certification, indicating the company’s quality control system ... and policies associated with ISO quality standard 13485. , BSI Group America, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... multitude of activities from daily practices, arts & crafts, discussions, and games all ... East-D’Anna and Christy Evans have combined backgrounds in kids’ yoga, collegiate sport yoga ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Power Systems, a leading developer and ... Certification Course in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The course was led by Power Systems’ Education ... hour interactive course to qualify participants as certified PowerWave trainers. , PowerWave ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... A health conscious snack that doesn't sacrifice taste? It's possible! In one ... buzz in the protein product community by offering an alternative to the traditional bar ... with 11 grams of protein and made from a healthy blend of high quality ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... FDA 510(k) clearance covers Confocal Miniprobes ... and surgical applications Mauna Kea Technologies ... multidisciplinary confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) platform, today announced ... the 12 th 510(k) clearance from United ... FDA clearance covers Confocal Miniprobes indicated for use ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , Germany and ... QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime ... a licensing and co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to ... will be to develop and market PITX2 as a marker ... other high-risk breast cancer patients. "We are pleased ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... NEW YORK , May 25, 2016 ... Device Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast ... Insulin Syringe, Insulin Pump and Others)" published by P&S ... valued at $9,998.3 million in 2015, and it is ... 2016-2022. Based on type, the insulin pump segment is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: