2/11/2009

Might this be the reason that Obama is pushing for the stimulus bill to be passed so quickly?

The Democrats have apparently hidden all sorts of liberal agenda items in the stimulus bill. Slate has this:

Now, though, Congressional Democrats want to encourage states to expand their [welfare] caseloads, offering billions of federal dollars in the "stimulus" package as an incentive to do so. But wait, if states expand their welfare caseloads as the Dems want, they'd lose the "caseload reduction credit," since their caseloads would not, in fact, have been reduced. They might then have to start enforcing the "work activity" requirements on those caseloads. Can't have that! That might discourage states from expanding welfare, for one thing, since enforcing work requirements costs money, and states have no money. And Congressional Money Liberals** never liked work requirements much in the first place. The last thing they want to do is increase them. (Their whole theory is that the many single-mom recipients are "hard-to-employ" types with "multiple problems" who basically need to be supported on the dole.) What's a good Money Liberal to do?


Stealth healthcare issues in Bloomberg:

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

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4 Comments:

Blogger Angela said...

The health care change is truly frightening.

I have a chronic condition and I am literally numb over the prospect of my future care being decided by a Washington Bureaucrat.

2/11/2009 8:02 AM  
Blogger Harry Schell said...

I wonder what else is buried in this monstrosity that hasn't been found out yet.

The hapless Arlen Specter attempted to distance himself yesterday from the healthcare provisions, which finally hit the fan hard enough, by saying the plan should have had more hearings.

Why then did he vote twice to pass it without more hearings? Duh, Arlen, do you know what you are voting on? How much else have you done without due dilligence?

This is the caliber of decision making in DC.

Bama and cadre in the House and Senate are driving hard to fundamentally strip citizens of as many rights and choices as possible by putting government in charge of as much as they can finagle now.

The "catastrophe" Bama warns of is not vast economic failure but a major setback to his plans for a new Amerika.

The opacity of hard positions during his campaign hid the plans in the stimulus which are producing less support the more light they get.

Bama would have easily lost the election if this stuff had been known before.

We are so screwed.

2/11/2009 9:52 AM  
OpenID forthesakeofscience said...

So that's why Fox Noise likes you so much.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=117466&title=The-Question-Mark

2/11/2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.

Benjamin Franklin

The above has never been truer until now. Liberal Agenda is a misnomer. It is the path to tyranny. When people are totally dependant upon a government for basic needs, then they are slaves to the government.

A hand up when times are bad is one thing, but to create and maintain a welfare class is to create a base of folks who will vote for every damn handout they can get, at the expense of everyone's freedom.

As far as health care goes, I admit that there is a problem with medical corporate culture in a few areas, but the largest health care problem is existing government regulations. Why make it worse?

2/11/2009 10:18 PM  

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