Doug Ross links to a piece that gives us a peek into Barack Obama’s vision of America’s future when it comes to health care. Cutting costs will be the highest priority. According to Obama, the elderly and chronically sick are responsible for approximately 80% of health care costs. To bring down those costs will require dealing with some real moral issues. In order to help people deal with those moral issues, Obama recommends “some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now.”
Back in early February we learned about a massive new health care bureaucracy that was hidden in the stimulus bill. Well, what Obama described above sounds a lot like what Betsy McCaughy said was in the stimulus bill:
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).
Doug Ross continues:
And where will Barack Obama be in ten years, when the rest of us are struggling with a massive, out-of-control, federalized medical system that doesn’t give a damn about individuals and is busy rationing care, denying care to the elderly?
He will be retired as a very young man; a very wealthy young man, who will have imposed his Marxist ideology upon this society and then walked away from it.