If You're Not Scared...
Is our 24 1/2 minute honeymoon up yet?
Congratulations, President Obama.
Please, please, please, don't let Secretary Daschle bring the NHS here:
In Britain, a government agency evaluates new medical products for their "cost effectiveness" before citizens can get access to them. The agency has concluded that $45,000 is the most worth paying for products that extend a person's life by one "quality-adjusted" year. (By their calculus, a year combating cancer is worth less than a year in perfect health.)
Posted by John Kranz at January 20, 2009 7:03 PM
Here in the U.S., President-elect Barack Obama and House Democrats embrace the creation of a similar "comparative effectiveness" entity that will do research on drugs and medical devices. They claim that they don't want this to morph into a British-style agency that restricts access to medical products based on narrow cost criteria, but provisions tucked into the fiscal stimulus bill betray their real intentions.
More than any other part of the Liberal agenda, that they may take away my freedom of choice in health care tops the list.
Ironically, if such an abomination is passed, my fears of President Obama's administration will be proven true; what a rotten way to be proven right.