I haven't posted much on the Stimulus Bill because I try to keep to life issues here, and once the contraceptive provision was eliminated the worst thing you could say about the bill is that it would put us in enormous debt forever, probably beholden to potentially hostile foreign powers. But then, we elected Democrats whose track record should have told us as much.
Unfortunately, that is not the end of the story on this dangerous stimulus bill, however. It's a sneak attack to re-write our healthcare system, virtually same program as Bill Clinton tried to foist on us publicly. But Obama is clever, he has learned from the debacle which Bill Clinton's plan suffered. His changes to the health care systemare to be accomplished by stealth, they are buried deep in the 2,000 page bill which was given first to lobbyists, THEN to members of Congress last night, so they'd have to read ALL NIGHT to cover all the provisions. It's a safe guess that few if any in Congress will have read the bill before the vote.
IF this is the beginning of socialized health care, and the anti-life appointees of the Obama administration are the ones deciding who gets what care, you can say goodbye to frail elderly, frail premature babies, or handicapped relatives. They are akin to the "useless eaters" of National Socialism(Nazi Party) of 1930s Germany. If you are too feeble to produce, you don't get care. IF you are a health care provider who disagrees with the denial of care, you're out of a job. This is a death sentence for many in this nation.
Here's an inteview on Lou Dobbs where the dangerous provisions of the Stimulus Plan are described. ( All comments in black are mine). This is from an email, the Lou Dobbs Show and the Conservative Caucus.
What the "Stimulus Bill" has hidden deep in page 496 has very disturbing implications. One world order is on the move. Everybody, down on your knees! It’s the only way we can weather this thing.
"It [the Stimulus Bill] promises several things. It promises that whatever the system is, it's going to eliminate inefficient care, excessive care, duplicate of care. It's going to eliminate disparities of care between one person and another…Whatever the federal government deems unnecessary care. Take a look at page 442. And worse yet, and now I'm speaking really to the physicians, this bill gives the secretary of health and human services the power to determine which doctors are "meaningful users of this new system." That's against the rules not to be. And empowers the secretary to use "increasingly stringent measures to enforce compliance." Translation: you better not claim that our new policies bother your conscience, or you're out of a job.
- Fmr. NY Lt Governor Betsy McCaughey on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" 2/10/09
Dear Fellow Republicans, Conservatives, Constitutionalists, and other Patriotic Americans:
Buried in the "Stimulus Bill" is a provision that gives the HHS Secretary the power to deny patients "excessive" care. What is excessive care and who decides what is excessive care? Answer; the HHS Secretary! (I thought liberals didn't want the government getting in the way of health decisions between the patient and his/her doctor – as they say when they defend legal abortion). In short, this bill makes the HHS Secretary America's health dictator. Is providing a feeding tube to a brain damaged woman excessive care? How about a feeding tube to a elderly or disabled person? How about cancer surgery to someone over 80?
I just found about this last night. Lord only knows how many other radical measures are buried in this bill. No wonder why they are rushing this through. Call your Senators and congressman and tell them to pull this out.
Below is the Lou Dobbs Tonight transcript and a Conservative Caucus bulletin.
Lou Dobbs Transcript:
DOBBS:Well, hidden deep within the stimulus package are provisions that could greatly limit the health care that we all receive. My next guest says those provisions in fact could give the federal government unprecedented control over our medical treatment. Betsy McCaughey is former governor of New York , she's the founder and the chair of the committee to reduce infection deaths. She's also senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Great to have you with us. BETSY MCCAUGHEY, CMTE. TO REDUCE INFECTION DEATHS: Thank you. I really appreciate this opportunity to call to the public's attention and actually encourage them to look in this bill which anybody can download now. It looks big. But if you have a computer, you can download it. DOBBS: We're having warring legislation.
MCCAUGHEY: I've got my pink slips on mine. And this bill will affect every individual in the United States . The bill is emphatic about that. Every person in the United States , every individual, check out page 445, 454, 479. It says several things, Lou. First of all, it says that every single person in the U.S. must have their medical treatments entered into an electronic federal data base. Now, electronic medical records can be a good thing. It means if you have to go to the hospital, you can get your records instantly. That your doctor has more at his fingertips when he needs that information.
DOBBS: I think everyone would agree, absolutely beneficial.
MCCAUGHEY: Yes. DOBBS: And something that we would look forward to. Your problem -- MCCAUGHEY: It's compulsory, however. In addition, it goes much farther than that. It promises several things. It promises that whatever the system is, it's going to eliminate inefficient care, excessive care, duplicate of care. It's going to eliminate disparities of care between one person and another.
DOBBS: The issue is, in whose opinion is it --
MCCAUGHEY: That's right. Whatever the federal government deems unnecessary care. Take a look at page 442. And worse yet, and now I'm speaking really to the physicians, this bill gives the secretary of health and human services the power to determine which doctors are "meaningful users of this new system." That's against the rules not to be. And empowers the secretary to use "increasingly stringent measures to enforce compliance." DOBBS: You know the proponents of this legislation are saying that it's only about the technology, only about the data. How do you respond?
MCCAUGHEY: First of all, I'd like to know why it's slipped in here, this is a stimulus bill. It's about taxing and spending. The spending --
DOBBS: I know you well enough to know when you ask a question, you've got the answer.
MCCAUGHEY: I looked at page 196 of Tom Daschle's book. Remember, he was planning on being secretary of HHS, Health and Human Services. On page 196 he said he was going to advise the next president, this was written before President Obama was elected, that any health care legislation be slipped into a budget bill, so that it would avoid debate or delay. He said this issue is so important, that it should not be stalled by senate protocol. Well, senate protocol is his word for it. I call it democracy.
DOBBS: We wouldn't want to burden government with a little thing like a vote, and actual hearings. A little bit like the economic stimulus legislation, isn't it.
MCCAUGHEY: That's right. Where is the transparency they promised?
DOBBS: And where are we headed with this legislation? We'll find out.
Dear Fellow American,
I urge you to immediately call your two U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote NO on the "Stimulus" bill. Hidden in the massive stimulus bill is the first part of the socialized health care system we've been dreading, and it could kill you—literally.
Government bureaucrats will draw up charts assigning arbitrary values to each element of health care, and weigh them against factors such as age and medical history; and someone you will never be able to meet will decide whether or not your life is insufficiently valuable to treat, and they could prevent your doctor from providing the treatment you need.
In 2006, a similar English system ordered that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly drug to save the other eye. That could become an everyday drama in hospitals and doctors offices across the country. They might as well tattoo "Die" on the victim's foreheads.
This was one of the ideas Senator Daschle recommended, and while public outrage kept him from being confirmed to be the HHS Secretary, his deadly idea lives on, hidden in the stimulus bill which will be voted on anytime in the next few days. The bill number is H.R. 1, but it's just known as the Stimulus Bill. You can call it the "Death Stimulus Bill" when you call, just so they get the point.
Please call both your senators at 202-224-3121 now. Tell them to vote NO on the stimulus bill and that there is health care rationing in the bill. Post it on blogs and websites. Call and email talk shows. Email a letter to the editor of your newspaper. You can email your Senators, but please call them first because they will notice if we jam the phone lines, but they could ignore email until after the vote.
You can also call the Senator's home-state offices, you'll find the numbers on their websites at www.Senate.gov. Senate emails: www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm.
We must spread the alarm immediately to stop this bill.
You can read the bill yourself at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h1eh.txt.pdf or read the status at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1: (you do need the colon at the end of this address). Most of the dangerous health care parts of the bill are on pages 190-192, 442, 444-446, 479, 511, 518 and 540-541.
Thank you very much.
The Conservative Caucus
A prolife doctor friend was very discouraged by this news and wrote:
"I don't know what the future holds for our country. Some days it is just all too depressing. Looks like I may have to find another career... or go underground, but then the govt probably wouldn't give me a medical license to practice since they already control that."