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Government-run Health-Care’s New Slogan

Posted by Lissa on February 11, 2009

“Because who needs penicillin, anyway??”

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system. [emphasis mine]

Got that, peasants?  Forget all those zany new experiment-y medicine-thingies; chicken soup was good enough for your grandparents, and it’s good enough for you.  Forget all those triumphant and inspiring stories of cancer survivors.  Accept your fate, and stop wasting our money already.

P.S. How much does AZT cost nowadays?  Is Daschle going to war with AIDS victims?  Homophobia!!!  Or . . .wait, since AZT is already developed, it’s okay to use, I guess?  Shut up and pass the fleam.

(h/t Hot Air)


3 Responses to “Government-run Health-Care’s New Slogan”

  1. Sevesteen said

    I’d have to read the specifics. There have to be limits on health care, else it will eat the entire budget. Private insurance already limits experimental treatment, sometimes with their own definition of experimental.

    Spending half a million to keep grandpa alive another month doesn’t make sense, unless it is your grandpa…If we are going to get stuck with socialized health care, I want limits, based on cost vs. benefit. Might not be the best way to get limits, but might be the most practical.

  2. Mike said


    You’re right that there must be limits and the government can’t pay an infinite amount to keep grandpa alive another month (both of mine have been gone a long time now, so that’s easy for me to subscribe to), but under a private system you can pay for whatever treatment you want out of your own money even if your insurer denies it. In Canada, by contrast, you can’t.

  3. totwtytr said

    It bears repeating, because it might help sell more T shirts.

    National Healthcare
    The efficiency of FEMA
    The compassion of the IRS

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