Obama says WWII generation too old for healthcare.

Health Care Rationing hidden in Stimulus Bill. Obama says WWII generation too old for health care.

Cross posted to The Political Class.

Posted below is part of Betsy McCaughey’s opinion commentary on Bloomberg.com. You can read the entire piece here.

The Senate approved the bill today so unless this part is removed in negotiations with the House of Representatives then many elderly Americans might get turned away from treatment for being too old.

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).

Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. “If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,” he said. “The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.”

Anyone want to talk about how compassionate Democrats are now? What about all the stories run by the MSM every four years about Republicans wanting to reduce Medicare benefits.

Obama is running around demanding $1 trillion in a stimulus bill so he can save us from a depression.  Well what’s more depressing than your own government tell you that you’re too old for medical treatment?

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