Monday, February 23, 2009

Define Irony...

Sign a bill into law sends our country into a deficit greater than we have ever seen in our history and doesn't do much to actually "stimulate" our economy, but nationalize our banks, automotive industry, and healthcare as well as give more money to those who are suckling at the shriveled & dried up teat of the government (aka us)...

Then...have a summit on "Fiscal Responsibility."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Little Socialism from the "Stimulus" Plan

Health care investments ($112.1 billion)

It will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).[15]

  • $87 billion for a temporary increase in the Medicaid matching rate for the states
  • $20 billion for health information technology, including electronic medical records to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients and introduce cost-saving efficiencies
  • $4.1 billion to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective healthcare treatments.

The National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure the doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective so as to reduce costs and “guide” the doctor’s decisions (p.442, 446).

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties by the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (p.511, 518, 540-541).

The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research ($1.1 billion)[16] (p.190-192) will slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are expensive.

Medicare would apply a cost-effective standard set by the Federal Council for the elderly (p.464).[17]

Drugs "that are found to be less effective and in some cases, more expensive, will no longer be prescribed."

It 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.[18][19]

So....tell me how this will stimulate our economy???

Friday, February 06, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ronnie!

"Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem."

-- Ronald Reagan

You know you've had enough of winter when...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009