Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Not reading the fine print can be hazardous to your health.


Okay, folks, regardless of your politics...this is scary.

The stimulus bailout bill slipped in this "grow your government goody" A National Coordinator of Health Information Technology who will:

monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (pages 442 & 446).


Whoa there, pardner. I'm all for change, but personally I don't want some wonky government bureaucrat guiding my doctor {the really wonderful Dr. Groesch} in his decisions about my healthcare.

Not only that, pages 511, 518, and 540-541 say that:

Hospitals and doctors who are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.


What kind of gobbledy gook is that? Meaningful user? Say what? Mr. or Ms. National Coordinator of Health Information Technology is going to determine if my friendly, educated, wonderful, kind, patient, and effective Dr. Groesch is a "Meaningful User"? And, if said National Coordinator of Health Information Technology has a beef with the kindly Dr. Groesch, he/she is going to penalize him? How???

I'm tired of hearing Barack-star tell our elected officials it's irresponsible for them to want to scour this bill and understand it before it passes. Please, please take your time. Read it. Understand it. Debate it. There are massive changes hidden throughout this zillion dollar piece of legislation--and no, they're not all good.

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