Porkulus Package Includes Medical Rationing

Get ready to figure how how to say the following to your kids:

“It’s time to kiss your Grammy goodbye, kids.  The government has decided she just isn’t worth keeping alive any more.”

D.  James Kennedy said this years ago: “Watch out, Grandpa!  Because the generation that survived abortion will one day come after you!”

And that day has come, ushered in in the name of “hope” and “change.”

MEDICAL ‘RATION’ WARNING

By CARL CAMPANILE

Last updated: 2:45 am
February 11, 2009

Patient treatment could be restricted and health-care rationed under a provision in the economic-stimulus legislation, critics say.

A $3 billion Health Information Technology system included in the bill calls for all Americans’ medical records to be computerized by 2014.

President Obama says the plan will help bolster medical care, reduce errors and cut costs.

But critics see it as a power grab advancing socialized medicine by vesting more power over health care in the federal government.

The National Coordinator of Health Information Technology will oversee implementation.

The health-care package approved by Congress states HIT will provide “appropriate information to help guide medical decisions.”

Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey blew the whistle on the measure in an analysis for Bloomberg News, arguing the goal of the new program is “to reduce costs and ‘guide’ your doctor’s decisions.”

“Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important,” she said, “but enforcing uniformity goes too far.”

McCaughey’s withering critique was credited with helping scuttle Bill and Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan in the 1990s.

The American Medical Association has endorsed Obama’s plan, saying the measure prohibits the federal government from establishing national medical guidelines for doctors.

The American Medical Association has been drooling over European-style socialized medicine for years.  And rationing is part of all of those systems, with outright euthanasia based on the desire of the doctor rather than the patient being an all-too-common feature.  So pardon me if I don’t rush to believe the AMA.

Key quotes:

– the bill calls for all Americans’ medical records to be computerized by 2014

– HIT will provide “appropriate information to help guide medical decisions.”

– the goal of the new program is “to reduce costs and ‘guide’ your doctor’s decisions.”

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