I hate to be negative about the Stimulus Bill and the myriad of provisions which will affect all of us, but please read:
If the Bill passes with the provisions relating to health care still in it, you need to think about how it will affect you. As the article says:
"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." (ed. And how often have you had duplicate tests???)
"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.”
Read the comments about his book. Daschle will not be a cabinet member, but no doubt a similar thinking individual will be.
Next time your doctor says he can't prescribe what he wants or treat you the way he wants because the government deems the treatment or medicine not cost effective (even if you want to pay for it) you can blame the Stimulus Bill. If you don't have blinders on, you might even blame Sen Reid, Speaker Pelosi, and oh, yes - President Obama.
You might ask what such provisions have to do with stimulating the economy, but don't. Those questions aren't allowed. If the law isn't passed, it will be a catastrophe. Just ask the President.