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A Bill Well Worth Killing
Posted By Joseph Klein On December 22, 2009 @ 8:30 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
The New York Times’ lead editorial today, referring to the Senate health care bill on the verge of passage, is entitled “A Bill Well Worth Passing.” As usual, when it comes to many New York Times editorials supporting Obama care and other progressive initiatives, the exact opposite is true.
The Times repeats Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill would reduce budget deficits over the next decade by $132 billion and even more in the following decade. That figure relies on smoke and mirrors, namely by assuming about a half trillion dollars in Medicare cuts that is unlikely to happen and by not counting in the calculations the restoral of billions of dollars for payments to doctors that will pop up in separate legislation. Also the Times neglects to mention that we pay taxes, new charges and higher premiums immediately, but we will not see any benefits to speak of for another four years.
The New York Times also likes the fact that:
An independent board and other new entities would be given greater powers than previously planned to test and implement cost-saving measures free of political lobbying.
This is a fancy way of saying top-down rationing of health care. These independent, unaccountable boards will, for all intents and purposes, be making the life-and-death decisions that belong solely between the patient and his or her doctor. That is because the government and insurance companies will reimburse based on what these boards decide is medically appropriate treatment using statistical cost-benefit analyses.
This is about as anti-choice as one can get.
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