Anyone paying any attention (in the voting public, that would be no one except for me and a few others) will soon see unmistkable proof that the Democrats running Congress (and our nation, for better or worse–mostly the latter) are planning to ration health care with a vengeance (except for themselves, of course).
The proof will come when a bill introduced by Republicans called PATIENTS gets shot down in committee or is allowed to die there. PATIENTS makes it illegal for the government to ration any health care or deny any service, procedure or medicine.
(You’ve got to hand it to these overpaid Congressional staffers who have nothing better to do than come up with names for legislation that equate to real words or at least form nice-sounding acronyms. PATIENTS stands for Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services–whew, a mouthful!)
“We feel it is necessary to introduce this bill to make it crystal clear that the government should not be funding research which is then going to be used in one way or another to ration health care for Americans, to decide what diagnostics or treatments or prescriptions or care can be allowed under any kind of federal program,” Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said at a briefing with reporters Monday.
Now, will the mainstream media report a word of this when PATIENTS is rationed off into the sunset by the Democrats?
Of course not. Rationing is here to stay. I’m sure those overpaid staffers will come up with some gentle-sounding euphemisms for the “R” word (in Britain, it’s NICE–National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness, aka “the rationing institute”).