A Brave New World
Of all of the scary things that are encoded in the Unaffordable Healthcare Act, the term “management” frightens me the most. For example, it states that the health and financial record of a patient will be on the new, national healthcare card. One reason for this is to “aid in the development of self-management skills and management of and adherence to provider recommendations.” (Page 1180 of PPACA). Suppose, in some future year, that a majority of the populace is on the national healthcare system; right now only 100 million people are on government healthcare programs in Medicare, Medicaid, and Childcare. Imagine then, in a cost cutting maneuver, that an executive order is issued whereby those patients who do not conform to the manager’s healthcare suggestions will have related claims denied and the services then become the patient’s responsibility. Ultimately, if the government manages the provider system of billing, than the patient becomes indebted to the government. One might say this is crazy, but I can imagine a scenario in which a doctor might advise me to stay away from cheese because of my cholesterol (they have). But suppose that I don’t (and I have not), and subsequently have a heart attack. The insurance computer underwriter could look at my finances and see that I bought cheese daily, and reject or partially deny the claims as preventable. The government then may claim title to my property if an arrangement is not met. While this is crazy now, liberals believe that a society should be managed, and they are forever thinking of ways to manage its people. If I can think of such a crazy scheme for government management, I am sure that they can.
Paul Riegert, M.A.
Bongino for Senate Advisory Committee