Here Comes the Health Care BS.

Posted: 27 Nov 2008 in Axis of Idiots, Politics
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These fuckers won’t be satisfied until our health care system is as fucked up as Canada and Britain’s. Morons.

Daschle-Obama Health Care Possibilities

As President-elect Obama’s apparent choice for health and human services secretary and as White House health care czar, it is a fair guess that Tom Daschle’s view on health care legislation may be decisive.

So it is worth reading his book “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis,” in which the gracious former Senate leader lays out without equivocation both the policy he recommends and the tactics for how to pass it.

He proposes setting up a board to establish standards for health care delivery in the United States that would be modeled on how the Federal Reserve Board and Securities and Exchange Commission oversee banks and corporations. Technically, it only would oversee the public health systems (Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Health Administration, etc.), which provide about 32 percent of health care nationwide.

On Page 179, he writes, “The Federal Health Board wouldn’t be a regulatory agency, but its recommendations would have teeth because all federal health programs would have to abide by them.” But here is the kicker: Although his board technically would have no say on the 68 percent of health care that is provided through the private sector, at the bottom of Page 179, Daschle modestly adds: “Congress could opt to go further with the Board’s recommendations. It could, for example, link the tax exclusion for health insurance to insurance that complies with the Board’s recommendation.”

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