February 10, 2009

Health care Pork non-stim bill.

Bloomberg lays out exactly how a socialist healthcare portion of the massive spending will further screw up healthcare:

Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.  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.

New Penalties

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time”


Stella said...

The budget: some things I like, others I don't. I need a lot of time to study the provisions.

Except for Amtrak: preserve American History!

shoo said...

I'm with Stella on preserving American history! We need to add funding for the Pony Express too!

Tina said...

I really do like trains. Our oldest, Trevor, also really enjoys riding them. He loved when he came to & from college in the mountains just so he could ride the train.

It would be fantastic if Amtrak could get people from DeutscheBahn to teach them how to run & manage effective train service. Traveling by train in Germany is WONDERFUL. The trains are always on time, clean and there are LOTS of them going EVERYWHERE.

Anyone going to Europe should get a Eurail pass, because there really is no need to have a car when public transportation is so effective.

Our biggest hurdle is the sheer size of our country. We'd need bullet trains between bigger cities to start.

I had heard some rumblings about a bullet train from Eugene, OR - Portland, OR - Seattle, WA - Vancouver, Canada. I would SO use that train at least once a year! Depending on cost, maybe even more.

Too bad at this point in time, driving my minivan takes much less time, and only costs a 10th of what a train trip for the family would be (and that's not even getting to my mom's town - we'd still have to rent a car to get from Vancouver to Kelowna).