Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rationing, blooging doggerel - Cold, Cold Health Care

The jewel of his plan is the Federal Health Board:

These government experts would "help define evidence-based benefits and lower overall spending by determining which medicines, treatments, and procedures are most effective--and identifying those that do not justify their high price tags."

Ladies and gentlemen, he's talking about rationing and denying payment. But look on the bright side, America. Physicians will no longer be "burdened" by decision making. And think of all the time doctors can save when they no longer need to explain various treatment options to you or your elderly mom. Life is so much easier when you simply don't care. Ask our cool, cool President.

So get used to health care profiling. Just have your doctor fill out this form with your age, gender, diagnosis, and prognosis, and Washington will let him know what to order. It's medicine by spreadsheet. It's cold, cold healthcare.

Carol Peracchio, “Cold, Cold Health Care,” Real Clear Politics, May 2

Who will be most heartless about the upcoming health reform?

That is the burning hot question with which we will be torn.

Will it be liberals who ration by evidence?

Will it be conservatives who ration by expense?

Who will tell doctors what tests and procedures to perform?

Who among them has a cold, cold heart?

How do will tell who is the most smart?

Will it be a green-eye shaded federal technocrat?

Will it be a jaded official wearing a medical hat?

And how, as patients, will be able to tell them apart

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