Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Obamacare—the Critique Balance

Previously we have offered comments on thirty of the pages of the health care bill attempting to work its way through the house. Below you will find the balance of the issues noted with page references.

For your information, I am including pg 425 and 430, lines 4-12, 22-25 and 11-15 respectively even though sponsors of the bill have claimed they have little interest in pursuing them. In fairness, they absolutely claim that these items will not appear in the final bill.. Yeah, and the check’s in the mail.

PG 272 SEC. 1145 – Controls treatment given at Cancer hospitals – Cancer patients – Welcome to rationing

Page 280 Sec 1151 – The Govt will penalize hospitals for what Govt deems preventable readmissions

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 – Doctors that treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission will be penalized

Pg 317 L 13-20 – Prohibition on ownership/investment. Govt tells Doctors what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 – Prohibition on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand

pg 321 2-13 – Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception to expansion rule, but “community input” (ie, ACORN) required.

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 – Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advanced Plans, HMOs, etc., forcing people into Govt plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Govt will restrict enrollment of Special needs people.

Pg 379 Sec 1191 – Govt creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee. (Health Care by phone)

PG 425 Lines 4-12 – Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations. Senior Citizens must meet with Govt representatives on a regular basis (more often if ill) to discuss “end of life” issues

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 – Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 – Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death

PG 427 Lines 15-24 – Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “Advance care planning consult” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates

PG 429 Lines 10-12 “Advance care consultation” may include an order for end of life plans.

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 – The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life

Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services (ACORN Medical Svcs)

Page 472 Lines 14-17 – Monthly payments to community-based organizations (ACORN)

PG 489 Sec 1308 – The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt into your marriage

Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those svcs

This brazen attempt to exert government control over 16% (and rising) of our national gross domestic product is a horrible concept. The incumbent controls which accompany that usurpation is pure evil.

There are admittedly, many aspects of our health care in America which could stand some “tweaking” to smooth out equality and insure better care for all. The bulk of those issues, medical, tort reform, continued research, restoration of Medicare finances and others could well be dealt with in individual targeted legislation. By so doing, each matter would get the attention and consideration it deserves and not be lost in a perfect storm of socialization and unwarrented government control.

This all deserves prayer and protest. Each of us has the responsibility to do both.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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