You ought to be scared of scary healthcare bill

Sarah is right on track. Call it what you want. The outcome is the same.

Dr. Coburn, a physician, is a Republican senator from Oklahoma comments on the dastardly Health Denial Bill up for grabs. From the WSJ.

The Reid bill (in sections 3403 and 2021) explicitly empowers Medicare to deny treatment based on cost. An Independent Medicare Advisory Board created by the bill—composed of permanent, unelected and, therefore, unaccountable members—will greatly expand the rationing practices that already occur in the program. Medicare, for example, has limited cancer patients’ access to Epogen, a costly but vital drug that stimulates red blood cell production. It has limited the use of virtual, and safer, colonoscopies due to cost concerns. And Medicare refuses medical claims at twice the rate of the largest private insurers.

If the bill expands Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the poverty level, that too will lead to rationing. Because Washington bureaucrats have created a system that underpays doctors, 40% of doctors already restrict access to Medicaid patients, and therefore ration care.

The American people are opposing this bill in greater numbers every day because the facts of the bill—not any tactic—are cause for serious concern. A must read.

What Do You Do With Detroit? Bulldoze It

Have you ever wondered what will become of Detroit?

Well, Detroit’s mayor has an idea: Bulldoze it.

Mayor Dave Bing is apparently working on a radical plan that would bulldoze a quarter of the city — some of the most desolate areas — and return it to farmland, the way it was before the automobile. Any residents still there would be relocated to stronger neighborhoods.

“Things that were unthinkable are now becoming thinkable,” James W. Hughes, dean of the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, told the AP. “There is now a realization that past glories are never going to be recaptured. Some people probably don’t accept that but that is the reality,” he said.

Welcome to the future. Why does it look so much like 1910 instead of 2010?

Obama Nominates Missile Defense Critic to Key Security Position

If we never work on a missile defense system, we never will have one that works. Where do they find these people? Under what rock? Does anyone remember when Clinton vetoed a missle defense system?

Philip Coyle — nominated to fill the associate director of national security and international affairs spot in the Office of Science and Technology Policy– the administration whiffed. Coyle, a long time opponent of ballistic missile defense (dating back to Reagan’s SDI days), is an ideologue whose appointment could prove harmful to U.S. security. 

Coyle claims that missile defense is a “theology, not a technology.” He’s argued, steadily, that BMD systems are useless against countermeasures like chaff and maneuverable warheads, and that testing failures in certain systems renders the technology obsolete. Coyle — despite a series of successful tests — clung to the very same talking point he used almost a decade earlier — that BMD is questionable technology which isn’t worth the money or resources.

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