The vast majority of Americans think that they can still have a say as to whether or not Obamacare becomes law. The reality is that Congress is currently only debating “Part 2” of Obamacare. Part 1 was already voted into law as part of the “must pass” stimulus package that was rushed through Congress so quickly that the vast majority of the members of Congress never even read the bill.
The stimulus bill, besides wasting truckloads of taxpayer money, established “The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research”.
If you have not read this stimulus bill, you should. The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research is established on page 73:
This “council” is a brand new bureaucracy which will determine whether a medical treatment is “comparatively effective” based on factors such as the cost, the likely success of the treatment and the number of years left in life. Basically this council is roughly equivalent to the National Health Care Board in the U.K. Health Care System.
The stimulus bill mandates that the council will be made up of fifteen members. In fact, Barack Obama has already appointed the fifteen members of The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Guess who got one of those plum jobs?
Rahm Emanuel’s brother.
You can see this for yourself right here:
So what can we expect from this council?
The truth is that the mandate of this council is to reduce costs and to improve efficiency.
In plain English, that means that this council will evaluate how health care should be rationed in the United States, and they will provide recommendations on what types of treatments are “cost efficient” for those who are not expected to live that much longer anyway.
In her recent editorial, columnist Betsy McCaughey described how this new “council” may actually eventually make choices to deny health care to elderly patients if they don’t have enough “productive” years left just as they do in the U.K.
Her description of the U.K. system is absolutely chilling:
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.
From the bill it appears that doctors are not mandated to follow the recommendations of the The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research for now.
But that is how these types of things usually start out. A “voluntary” system is developed, and after enough people have accepted the system, then it becomes mandatory for the rest.
So for those who are so upset about the possibility of Congress passing health care reform that includes “health care rationing” and “death panels”, the truth is that they can relax.
That part has already been made into law.