Healthcare in Stimulus Bill? YEP! And a National Health Records Database too!!!

Part one of ObamaCare has already been passed. It was hidden in the Stimulus bill that was passed back in February of this year. Hidden in it were quite a few things about healthcare that no one has talked about. I have done some research and have found a few parts in the Stimulus bill that was about healthcare.

First on pages 73-74, Section 804, is mandating to create a new agency called the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. This board has already been pulled together (http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/os/cerbios.html). What this agency is going to be used for, according to pages 63-64 of the Stimulus bill, is “shall be used to accelerate the development and dissemination of research assessing the comparative effectiveness of health care treatments and strategies, through efforts that: (1) conduct, support, or synthesize research that compares the clinical outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions; and (2) encourage the development and use of clinical registries, clinical data networks, and other forms of electronic health data that can be used to generate or obtain outcomes data.”

So to me, it is basically saying that it is going to do research to decide what treatments and medicines are best for people, and to “encourage” an electronic health database. Now, I will say, at the end of section 804, it says this: “REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.—None of the reports submitted under this section or recommendations made by the Council shall be construed as mandates or clinical guidelines for payment, coverage, or treatment.” Now, that being said, what would be the point of this agency if they were not going mandate what treatments one could have? It seems to me that it will be a recommendation of how to treat people, that is “strongly encouraged”, so, it will probably be followed. In my own opinion, this could feasibly create some problems. For example, they could (I’m just making something up here), saying that it would be cheaper for a Doctor to offer some pain meds to an older cancer patient, then a newer, better, albeit more expensive, treatment. I’m not saying that will happen, but it is a possibility.

Secondly, there has been some debate out there as to whether we should have a universal electronic database for health records. What we don’t know is that this has ALREADY passed in the Stimulus package. Everyone who goes to the doctor will be entered into this national database by 2014! This is all in section 3001 (starts on page 116) in the Stimulus bill. And of course there will be another agency created to do this; it will be called “OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.” There will be a National Coodinator that is in charge of all of this. So by 2014, the government will have in their hands ALL of our medical records!!!! 

This is what we get when our Congressmen don’t read a damn bill BEFORE they vote on it!!!!

Read the pages of the bill for yourself! 
http://readthestimulus.org/hr1_final.pdf

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2 responses to “Healthcare in Stimulus Bill? YEP! And a National Health Records Database too!!!

  1. Conservative Americans seem to put all their faith, in the free market. For me, the free market, is a fucking living nightmare of a system.

  2. Gina Bone

    Well, personally for me, I don’t like the fact that the government is going to have all of our medical information. I don’t like it one bit. I can see the good side to it, but the bad for me out weighs the good, IMO.

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