There’s a treasure trove of Obamacare news today.
The Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services (PATIENTS) Act of 2009 adds a “necessary safeguard” to last year’s economic stimulus bill, which included $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research but did not specify that the research could not be used to ration health care.
…“We are trying to emphasize that health care reform should be all about the patients,” Kyl said. “Everybody likes to talk about ‘patient-centered’ (health care), and we really mean it, because care that one patient has been told he or she may need to have may be very different from care or treatment that another patient with a similar condition or disease has.”
“CER (comparative effectiveness research) cannot be used to deny coverage of an item or service under a federal health care program,” Kyl added. “That’s it. It’s very simple.”
So bureaucrats will come up with different words to justify denial of services. Why not just get rid of the concept of comparative effectiveness research altogether? It’s reason for being is to identify which medical services, tests and procedures are cost effective. Rationing is the end result. So go after the disease, not the symptom. I’m not impressed with this gesture.
…According to “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,” a Census Bureau report published in August 2008, there were 45.6 million persons in the United States who did not have health insurance in 2007, the latest year for which figures are available. However, the report states that 9.7 million of these uninsured persons were not U.S. citizens.
The Census Bureau does not ask whether someone is legally or illegally present in the United States, so it is unknown how many of the 9.7 million uninsured foreign nationals were legal permanent residents of the United States and how many were illegal aliens.
Just wait till the 2010 ACORN census numbers are in. There will be a gazillion people uninsured, all of them named Mickey Mouse.
Bureaucrats assured of lifetime employment: Sebelius: Health Care for All Will Take Years.
Failure of the charm offensive: AP Analysis: Doctors’ Boos Show Obama Has Tough Road Ahead on Health Care Reform But he had a tender moment with the AMA, so never mind.