The 2010 midterm election is tomorrow and I’m sure by now were all worn out with political messages and the fear mongering that accompanies them. Much of the consternation has centered on the poor state of the economy as well as the number of jobs lost during the last two years. Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans. Adding to the chorus is the President himself, who continued to blame the previous administration during a rather unusual appearance on Jon Stewart’s comedy program just last week. But despite the Comedy Central logo at the bottom of the screen, the President was very serious during the interview. Stewart asked Obama “Are you disappointed in how it’s gone”, referring to the first two years of his presidency. Obama responded by citing a list of “accomplishments”, including stabilization of the economy, implementing historic financial legislation and signing profound health care legislation into law. Then the President added:
“We have done things that some folks don’t even know about.”
The public has yet to understand many of the provisions of Obama care. So before you vote Tuesday, consider the comments below, which were presented by Dr. David Janda during a campaign speech for his friend, Dr. Rob Steele of Michigan. Janda is a well-respected orthopedic surgeon based in Ann Arbor. I won’t bore you with his credentials, which can be found in the links associated with this article, but they suggest that Dr. Janda has been around a while and might know what he’s talking about when it comes to Obama care. Here is the exact transcript, in dark red, from his speech given on October 13. The more troubling facts have been highlighted in bold. The video also appears at the end of this article.
“The truth of the matter is, Obama care was actually two parts. The second part was the healthcare bill passed into law on March, 2010. But the first part was hidden in the stimulus bill. In the stimulus bill, was a section hidden about 600 pages deep creating the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. It was funded with $1.1 billion and the 15 members of the rationing board were to be appointed by the president. Within three days of the stimulus bill passing, Barack Hussein Obama appointed all 15 members.”
“How do you you know this is a rationing board? The title; Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. “Comparative effectiveness”; definition is: The cost of the treatment divided by the number of years the patient will benefit from the treatment. Will determine a ratio, and that ratio will determine if you can or will be treated.”
“So the very existence of this board that was hidden in the stimulus bill is evidence that rationing care will occur with Obama care. But it’s interesting, because in the healthcare bill, the second part of Obama care, they upped the ante with this rationing board and they created a multibillion dollar center to institute the decisions out of this Coordinating Council.”
“There was a second board created in the stimulus bill called the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. And in the stimulus bill it said that this national coordinator will “determine treatment at the time and place of care”. Let me tell you what that means. On January 1, 2013, …when I walked in to a room, my nurse and my assistant will have a little handheld computer. And when I make the diagnosis on that patient, she will type it into that little handheld computer and it will go to the national coordinator’s office. And while we are still in that room, word will come back from Washington as far as the treatment protocol that is to be instituted on that patient.”
“It goes on, under the description of this “coordinator” that physicians in hospitals that are “not meaningful users of the system over time, will face penalties.” So, I was asked to speak to members of Congress and I put this to over 100 members in the House; what does this mean? What are the penalties? Are you trying to tell me, that come January 1st, 2013, if a patient comes in and we send that diagnosis code and it comes back that I have to do A., B, (but not) C, and I know that A and B won’t work because I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’m going to do what’s right for that patient and do C, that I’m going to be punished and penalized? And they (Congress) said “yes”. So are you telling me that if I get $20 to see that patient, you will fine me $100? And they looked at me and they said no, that’s not going to make you hurt enough. Try $100,000 for the first offense. I’m not kidding you.”
“And then I said, okay, I’m going to do what’s right for the patient so I’m going to take care of the patient the right way, as opposed to the way that federal bureaucrats want me to do. What happens the second time I do it, because it will probably be the next patient? Are you telling me that I’m going to get fined $100,000 again? And they looked at me and they said No Dave, you are going to jail. I started laughing. They didn’t.”
“There was recently a survey through the journal of the American Medical Association and another (survey) of the New England Journal, and through Investor’s Business Daily. And it showed that 46% of all physicians are going to leave the practice of medicine when Obama care kicks in. So, we’re going to have 32 million more people in our health care system, according to Obama, and just if we keep the same number of doctors… how do you not ration care? Add to that, now, that were going to lose 46% of physicians, including me. I cannot walk into a room on January 1, 2013 and lie to the very people I’ve been helping for the past 30 years of my career. I won’t do it.”
“Obama care is $1.5 trillion, and the way they pay for it is by cutting Medicare by $500 billion. The problem is, in 10 years we will have 30% more people in Medicare because of the demographics of our country. So for going to have 30% more people, and $500 billion less to take care of them, how do you not ration care?…….”
“So we have to be resolved that we are going to elect people like Rob Steele to do the job. To defund it. To repeal it. And to put an end, starting with Dingell, in 2010, and ending with the removal of Barack Hussein Obama in 2012.”
Clearly, the economy is the chief complaint among American voters this time around, but that worry may very well be replaced with outrage over health care rationing two years from now. Beginning January 1, 2013, just after the next presidential election, Americans will finally be confronted with the sober reality that a group of 15 individuals in Washington DC will determine which lives are worth saving based upon a return on investment cost model. True, health insurance companies today make similar decisions that are written into their policies, but most consumers have a choice among plans and companies in a free-market system. There are economic incentives to compete. That’s not true under Obama care, which has empowered a “star chamber” to make all treatment decisions normally reserved between you and your doctor. There will be no one to hear your appeal. And there will be no financial incentives to increase the doctor population or advance medical research. Quite the contrary, rationing will become the new medical model as, according to Dr. Janda, almost half of this country’s physicians leave the practice.
Perhaps Democrats will then be able to bribe voters, not only with taxpayer money, but also with promises to grant special medical treatment. It’s the classic Chicago political thug mindset: “just vote for me, and grandma lives!” That’s the power we gave progressives in the last “Hope and Change” election. And it may be irreversible if conservatives do not take back this country on Tuesday. We are at a historic crossroad.
Vote Tuesday as if your life may someday depend on it. After 2013, the day may come when someone in Washington decides whether your life is worth saving.