To get to a universal single payer system in a hurry…
Americans to Congress: KILL THE BILL WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
Read Susan Anne Hiller’s very insightful 12/8 post at Big Government:
Some exerpts (shout out to my friend Dave G. for summarizing)
Therefore, the MedPAC Reform bill creates a new MedPAC–the Medicare Payment and Access Commission–and gives the Obama White House and its advisors over-reaching control of several factors governing the economy of the health care system. The new MedPAC, which is exempted from judicial review, would have the authority to rewrite physician fee schedules, redefine medical necessity, evaluate coverage of treatment options, rewrite beneficiary definitions and coverage, and redesign diagnostic definitions and coverage.
The new MedPAC’s mission would also be to inform new research in health services to adequately address deficiencies in the evidence. However, in reality, this would apparently cripple new treatments and technologies by overshadowing progressive research and treatment algorithms by apparently emphasizing the deficiencies, not the benefits, equaling a denial of care and arresting development of burgeoning technologies. “
Seen this happen already with the EPA trumping over Congress with defining CO2 (i.e., plant food) as a poisonous gas.
Mr. O. doesn’t really care what he gets back from Congress – he will build upon it with the other pieces already in place – Congress soon to be made obsolete by King O. – besides, we need everything done yesterday or the economy will collapse, right? Need those “green jobs” from health care reform; can’t wait for Congress or Democracy to work, noooo…….
So what if it ends up costing $2.5 Trillion (as recently admitted to by Mr. Baucus) instead of under $1 T as originally demanded by King O.? Unlike Nebuchadnezzar, this 21st century king can change his decrees at will…
“Senate Republicans highlight this line from Senator Max Baucus’s (D-Mont.) floor remarks today:”
“Just for a second — health care reform, whether you use a ten-year number or when you start in 2010 or start in 2014, wherever you start at, so it is still either $1 trillion or it’s $2.5 trillion, depending on where you start…”