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QUICK POST: Obama Defends Proposed Health OfficeJuly 27, 2009

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:08pm

Does anyone remember mandatory second opinions for surgery?  The programs were launched by the major health insurers with great support from Washington. The idea was that we would eliminate all of those ‘unnecessary’ surgical procedures that doctors were doing just for money  Anyone remember what happened to those programs?  They were all abandoned.  Why? Because they cost more than they saved and had little impact on the overwhelming majority of surgeries that were recommended.  Did it ever occur to the paper pushing bureaucrats that real human beings would not agree to surgery the did felt they did not need? Did anyone in officialdom think that a real Citizen of the American Republic would allow themselves to be cut on just for the fun of it?  Common sense and personal responsibility are the keys to any real health care system.  It has been the hallmark of American medicine, the envy of the world for well over a century.  So let’s get real, any government attempt to control costs by controlling technology, procedures or medical innovation is doomed to failure, unless they are willing to extend the long arm of the law and make illegal real medical advances for the sake of budgetary expediency . . . obi jo

The Congressional Budget Office said Saturday that a new agency proposed by President Obama as a way to cut health costs might save only $2 billion in its first four years, and that there was a high probability that “no savings would be realized.”

Republicans and some Democrats say Mr. Obama’s proposals to cover the uninsured would fuel the growth of health spending. In draft legislation sent to Congress on July 17, the president proposed creation of an “independent Medicare advisory council,” which could set payment policies for Medicare, subject to approval by the president. The administration could put the policies into effect unless they were blocked within 30 days by Congress.

The budget office said the proposal did not have enough teeth to guarantee substantial savings. The draft legislation “does not explicitly direct the council to reduce” Medicare spending, “nor does it establish any target for such reductions,” said Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the budget office.

However, health care providers, which are already lobbying against Mr. Obama’s plan, would object even more strenuously to such proposals.

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