Monday, December 14, 2009
letter to Senator Bayh from a doctor
Subject: *Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: *Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. (Translation: illegal aliens)
"Here is a letter I sent to Senator Bayh. Feel free to copy it and send it around to all other representatives." -- Stephen Fraser
As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by the brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the patient-physician relationship. The very idea that the government will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not helpful in designing a health care system that works for all. Every physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if passed.
I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the following troubling lines that I have read in the bill.
You cannot possibly believe that these proposals are in the best interests of the country and our fellow citizens.
Page 22 of the HC Bill: *Mandates that the Govt will audit books of all employers that self-insure!!
Page 30 Sec 123 of HC bill: *THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill: *YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
*Page 42 of HC Bill: *The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC benefits for you. You have no choice!
Page 50 Section 152 in HC bill: *HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
Page 58 HC Bill: *Govt will have real-time access to individuals' finances &a 'National ID Health card' will be issued! (Didn't they have National ID Cards in the USSR?)
* Page 59 HC Bill lines 21-24: *Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. (Has anyone thought about the fact that having a database that has all this information makes it easier for hackers to committ identity theft?)
*Page 65 Sec 164: *Is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions & community organizations: (ACORN).
Page 84 Sec 203 HC bill: *Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the 'Exchange.'
*Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: *Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans *--* The Govt will ration your health care!
*Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: *Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. (Translation: illegal aliens.)
*Page 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18: *The Govt will use groups (i.e. ACORN & Americorps) to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: *Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. (AARP members - your health care WILL be rationed!)
*Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: *Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. (_No_ choice.)
Page 12 4 lines 24-25 HC: *No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt monopoly.
Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: *Doctors/ American Medical Association - The Govt will tell YOU what salary you can make.
Page 145 Line 15-17: *An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan. _(NO_ choice!)
Page 126 Lines 22-25: *Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time employees _AND_ their families. (Employees shouldn't get excited about this as employers will be forced to reduce its work force, benefits, and wages/salaries to cover such a huge expense.)
Page 149 Lines 16-24: *ANY Employer with payroll 401k &above who does not provide public option will pay 8% tax on all payroll! (See the last comment in parenthesis.)
*Page 150 Lines 9-13: *A business with payroll between $251K &$401K who doesn't provide public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payroll*.
Page 167 Lines 18-23: *ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: *_Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt_ _from individual taxes_. (Americans will pay.)
Page 195 HC Bill:* Officers &employees of the GOVT HC Admin.. will have access to _ALL_ Americans' finances and personal records.
*Page 203 Line 14-15 HC: *"The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." (Yes, it really says that!)
Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: *Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors. (Low-income and the poor are affected.)
Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors: *It doesn't matter what specialty you have trained yourself in -- you will all be paid the same! (Just TRY to tell me that's not Socialism!)
Page 253 Line 10-18: *The Govt sets the value of a doctor's time, profession, judgment, etc. (Literally-- the value of humans.)
*Page 265 Sec 1131: The Govt mandates and controls productivity for "private" HC industries.
Page 268 Sec 1141: The federal Govt regulates the rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
Page 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - *Cancer patients* - welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever the Govt deems preventable (i.e...re-admissions).
*Page 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors: If you treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission -- the Govt _will_ penalize you.
Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. (The Govt tells doctors what and how much they can own!)
Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion. (The Govt is mandating that hospitals cannot expand.)
*Page 321 2-13: Hospitals have the opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. (Can you say ACORN?)
Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339: The Govt mandates establishment of outcome-based measures. (HC the way they want -- rationing.)
*Page 341 Lines 3-9: The Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. (Forcing people into the Govt plan)
Page 354 Sec 1177: The Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of 'special needs people!' _Unbelievable_!
Page 379 Sec 1191: The Govt creates more bureaucracy via a "Tele-Health *Advisory Committee*." (Can you say HC by phone?)
Page 425 Lines 4-12: The Govt mandates "Advance-Care Planning Consult." (Think senior citizens end-of-life patients.)
Page 425 Lines 17-19: The Govt will instruct and consult regarding *living wills*, *durable powers of attorney*, etc. (And it's _mandatory_!)
*Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: The Govt provides an "approved" list of end-of-life resources; guiding you in death.. (Also called 'assisted suicide.')
Page 427 Lines 15-24: The Govt mandates a program for orders on "end-of-life." (The Govt has a say in how your life ends!)
Page 429 Lines 1-9: An "advanced-care planning consultant" will be used frequently as a patient's health deteriorates..
Page 429 Lines 10-12: An "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. (AN ORDER TO DIE FROM THE GOVERNMENT?!?)
*Page 429 Lines 13-25: The GOVT will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order. (I wouldn't want to stand before God after getting paid for THAT job!)
*Page 430 Lines 11-15: The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end-of-life! (Again -- no choice!)
Page 469: Community-Based Home Medical Services Non-Profit Organizations. (Hello? ACORN Medical Services here!?!)
Page 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover *marriage and family therapy*. (Which means Govt will insert itself into your marriage even.)
*Page 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, and rationing those services.
Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to inform patients and my fellow physicians about the dangers of the proposed bills you and your colleagues are debating..
Furthermore, if you vote for a bill that enforces socialized medicine on the country and destroys the doctor-patient relationship, I will do _everything_ in my power to make sure you lose your job in the next election.
Stephen E. Fraser, MD