PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS - AS A PATIENT AND A TAXPAYER
What nation's healthcare system features frightening components of socialized medicine, including a national board of 15 bureaucrats in charge of determining which medical treatments are worthy of further investment, a government-funded program to computerize its citizens' personal, private health records so they can be stored in a computer database, a rapidly expanding definition of who is eligible for "free" government healthcare, and a shockingly large tax hike to pay for it all?
"I happen to be a proponent of a
single-payer universal healthcare plan"
- Barack Obama in 2003
If you answered, "the United States of America," let me congratulate you for paying attention. During the first few months of the Obama Administration we have already seen more healthcare reform than Hillary Clinton could realistically have hoped to pass back in 1993.
DON'T LET THE GOVERNMENT MAKE YOUR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS
One of President Obama's first acts upon taking office was to spend $1.1 billion to create a national health care board to oversee the "effectiveness" of health services. It was modeled after a board in the UK. Medical decisions are made in the UK by a government rationing board known as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. "NICE" was set up to monitor the "effectiveness" of medical treatments and preventative measures, but its main purpose has become to contain costs by rationing patient care.
Can you imagine seeing news stories here in the U.S.A. such as:
Sadly, these types of stories have become much too common in the United Kingdom and other countries with government-run health care.
First Steps on the Road to Government-Run Healthcare
Hidden in Big Spending Stimulus Legislation
The legal language creating this ominous national board was buried in the stimulus package details that -- we now know -- nobody read. Four hundred million dollars went to the Department of Health and Human Services, another $400 million to the National Institutes of Health, and finally $300 million more to yet another nest of bureaucrats you've never heard of called the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. In all, $1.1 billion has been budgeted for "comparative effectiveness research."
This is "stealth care." President Obama and single-payer zealots on Capitol Hill have been very effective at ramming provision after provision through Congress. If this were Greek mythology, Obama's Trojan Horse has taken shape in the form of the massive stimulus package and federal budget, and like the ancient soldiers who sacked Troy, the pieces of socialized medicine are slowly assembling themselves inside the walls of an American healthcare system envied the world over.
Read more on how the U.S. is importing rationed care here.
There's Still Time to Avoid Government-Run Healthcare's Side Effects: Waiting Lists and Rationed Care
Fortunately it's not too late. While President Obama and Congress continue to pick the low-hanging fruit, they still need to make some major moves to establish true socialized medicine in this country.
In fact, the next steps are so big, so massive and so unaffordable that some Democrats in Congress are already talking about changing how they do the math on healthcare reform so the numbers will work. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) even had the audacity to order the Congressional Budget Office to be "more creative" to "get the savings -- both practically and politically -- to get healthcare reform."
Translation: "Cook the books."
Bad Healthcare Reform Would be Worse than the
Costly Bailouts We Have Already Seen
When CBO's array of supercomputers can't make the math work, the Senate plans to just ram government healthcare down America's throat no matter what --- even if it means inserting healthcare reform into the budget reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority as opposed to support from 60 senators normally needed for all other legislation.
We can still prevent the rationed care, waiting lists and treatments deemed to be too costly by bureaucrats that are the hallmarks of failure in both the British and Canadian government-run systems. But we have to stand firm behind the four pillars of free-market healthcare reform: choice, competition, accountability and rewarding personal responsibility. And we must pay close attention to ensure liberals in Congress don't use more sleight-of-hand to take away our choices and undermine our system from within.
Here's How You Can Help Fight Government-Run Healthcare
1. Visit CPRights.org to learn the truth about government-run healthcare that the mainstream media isn't telling you.
2. Sign up to receive Updates and Action Alerts from Conservatives for Patients' Rights to help protect your rights as a taxpayer and health care consumer.
3. Contact Congress to tell them you don't want a National Board making your healthcare choices for you, and you won't support costly government-run healthcare.
Thank you for your support. With your help we can protect our rights as patients and as taxpayers.
P.S. You can see a preview of the video we will soon be airing on nationwide cable TV that shows the true stories of those who already experience government-run healthcare. Just visit www.FacesOfGovernmentHealthCare.com