Obama stimulus plan: Elderly beware

Betsy McCaughey has a commentary on Bloomberg about how the Obama stimulus plan is going to overhaul healthcare in the country so that ” individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.” Is this really what Americans want?

Elderly Hardest Hit

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Hidden Provisions

If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

More Scrutiny Needed

On Friday, President Obama called it “inexcusable and irresponsible” for senators to delay passing the stimulus bill. In truth, this bill needs more scrutiny.

The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn. This stimulus is dangerous to your health and the economy.

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6 Responses to “Obama stimulus plan: Elderly beware”

  1. Keith says:

    The elderly should beware to be sure, but not just the elderly alone.

    This whole thing WILL fundamentaly change America, we should all beawre and be prepared.

  2. Roadrunner says:

    With the “Baby Boomer” generation reaching retirement age there is no private program that will be able to cover all of our health needs. Our Government will have to be responsible with the taxpayer’s money. If they fail to do so the entire system will go broke and no one will benefit. They will have to do what is best for society as a whole. The sad fact is we are all going to get old & we are all going to die.
    In a previous discussion you stated that you are against socialized medicine. Therefore your idea would be to cut Medicare completely. This would eliminate even basic care for people. Under your plan a young person with diabetes would die a premature death if he or she were unable to afford private health insurance or pay for the insulin themselves.
    At least President Obama and Senator Daschle have the decency and compassion to offer a plan that will be affordable and workable for society as a whole.

  3. casey says:

    Sorry, Mike. You’ve proven to me now that you are a troll. I’m not going to respond to straw men arguments from a troll. If you were interested in a rational discussion you would not insist on making false statements about my position (you’re well aware that I suggested there may be cases where Medicare and Medicaid are truly necessary) and using hyperbole. Still, the least you could do is put together an internally consistent argument where you’re not decrying the lack of care in one instance and then praising it in another.

  4. Roadrunner says:

    Ah yes,typical Conservative when your at a loss for words resort to name calling. :D

  5. casey says:

    Just wanted you to know why I’ll be ignoring you from now on. Shall I publish the e-mail you sent me earlier calling me an “evil person”? A flood of raving comments on my blog, harrassing e-mails, negative reviews on social networking sites…You know, some people might consider you a stalker, not just a troll.

  6. Roadrunner says:

    flood of raving comments on my blog”
    “negative reviews”

    If you can’t handle criticism Casey then quit blogging.

    What sort of critical thinker are you if you can not look at the obvious flaws in your ideas? You deliberately distort the truth and use scare tactics in your posts.There are no solutions presented in your posts to solve the problems society is facing.I believe in socialized medicine and medicare falls far short of helping those in need as I have explained.This is not inconsistant. IT MUST BE EXPANDED!!!
    A true “critical thinker” will question the system identify the flaws and intellegently work on solutions to make the program work. You do nothing of the sort, all you do is critasize the system then try to convince your readers that it is a total failure.