drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

The Shrill One Stabs Troops In Back

I know it’s a tough competition, but this just might be the most hypocritical thing I’ve seen in the past year:
On Monday, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the “Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services (PATIENTS) Act of 2009,” a new bill prohibiting Medicare or Medicaid from using “comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage.”
How bad is it? Let me count the ways.

1. Politicians who rail against wasteful government spending are taking action to prevent the government from reining in … wasteful spending.

[ cf Taking the Hypocritical Oath ]
a h/t to Shameless who has another reference, and wondered:
How do they live with the screaming, dissonant voices inside their heads?
which really is amusing, since of course the fact that the PATIENTS Act should have had the phrase 'New Testament' in it to show that It was a True Christian Policy....

The new Repuublic is wondering
Fine, fine. But here's my question: Are Kyl and McConnell prepared to extend a similar ban to private insurers? After all, private insurers factor cost into treatment decisions all the time. Do Kyl and McConnell think that's wrong, too--that cost should never, ever be factor?

Or do they think it's o.k. when the medical directors for your friendly neighborhood HMO--operating behind closed doors and under pressure to make profits--make these decisions?

[ cf McConnell Wants No Rationing? Fine. ]
What happened to the whole Idea of making government work like a bizNiz?

You know, making the DOD the chief Profit Center???

Updated: corrected blocking...
Tags: economics, health, republican_pron

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