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Obama Shows His Colors

Obama Shows His Colors

What's the worst bill ever seriously considered for passage by the U.S. Congress? Venitist Hans Von Spakovsky points out that certainly both the House health-reform bill and Sen. Harry Reid's health bill are leading contenders. Both proposals are obscenely expensive. Both limit our freedom to choose our families' health care. And both would legislate racial and other forms of discrimination, making them not only unconstitutional, but immoral, counterproductive, and dangerous.

Von Spakovsky notes that within the last three months, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has twice sent letters to the president and the leaders of the House and Senate warning them of discriminatory provisions in both bills. But those warnings have been ignored, and the problems remain.

Take Reid's bill. It directs the secretary of health and human services to award federal grants worth billions of dollars to educational institutions that train medical-service providers. However, "priority" for federal dollars is to be given only to those institutions offering "preferential" admissions to underrepresented minorities (according to race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and religion, depending on which section of the bill you look at). Thus, schools will be unable to compete for essential federal funding unless they adopt admission policies that intentionally and deliberately discriminate. It guarantees the institution of racist and sexist quotas sanctioned and encouraged by the federal government in what Linda Chavez of the Center for Equal Opportunity correctly calls "a new racial spoils system."

The bill also declares that institutions training social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, behavioral pediatricians, psychiatric nurses, and counselors will be ineligible for federal grants unless they discriminate. According to Section 756, these programs must enroll "individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations" and demonstrate "knowledge and understanding of the concerns of the[se] individuals and groups." If the schools fail to abide by these requirements, they will be liable for "liquidated damages."

The Senate bill even creates a federally funded and administered medical school called the United States Public Health Services Track to "grant appropriate advanced degrees." Priority in admissions is to be given to "students from rural communities and underrepresented minorities." ("Underrepresented minorities" is liberal code for "Asians need not apply.")

Naturally, other sections of the bill require lots of data collection regarding race, ethnicity, sex, and so on. Those data will be used to implement quotas of all kinds and put providers at risk of being sued. For example, the data will help trial lawyers pursue "disparate impact" cases against physicians and hospitals -- even if the differing health outcomes of patients have nothing to do with actual discriminatory treatment by providers. One provision even requires the secretary of health and human services to consult with "representatives of racial and ethnic minorities" about the content of promotional labels or print ads for drugs. Racial politics is poised to trump scientific accuracy in drug labeling.

Basil Venitis, twitter.com/Venitis, asserts that Obama is a bait & switch artist! The bait of Obamacare is health insurance, the switch is socialized medicine. Obama has discovered all sorts of things there that have nothing whatever to do with insuring the uninsured, and everything to do with taking medical decisions out of the hands of doctors and their patients, and transferring them to Amerikleptocrats.

Herman Van Rompuy, Fuehrer of Fourth Reich(EU), points out Healthcare is a good, not a right. People have rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A good is something you work for and earn. It might be a need, like food, but more goods seem to be becoming rights in our culture, and this has troubling consequences. It might seem harmless enough to decide that people have a right to things like education, employment, housing, or fedzillacare. Workings of the community and economy are thrown wildly off balance when people accept these socialistic ideas.

Venitis points out Mustang Ranch, the most profitable brothel in America, went belly up after Uncle Sam took over. Government should put the people back in charge of healthcare by expanding healthcare tax credits and deductions, increasing access to Health Savings Accounts, respecting privacy and the doctor-patient relationship. Politicizing and bureaucratizing of healthcare increases costs and reduces quality.

ENDS

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