One phrase is repeated ad nauseum in the Democrats' latest iteration of their health care legislation: "...to be determined by the Secretary."
The 1990 page Obama-Pelosi Health Care Tyranny Bill creates vast new powers for bureaucrats. Rather than taking the trouble to write a bill that creates carefully circumscribed rules and regulations, the House Democrats give unelected officials a big stack of blank checks.
Here are some of my "favorites":
- Rationing: "The Secretary shall make such adjustments as are necessary to eliminate such deficit, including reducing benefits, increasing premiums, or establishing waiting lists."
- Preventing tort reform: "The Secretary shall make an incentive payment, in an amount determined by the Secretary, to each State that has an alternative medical liability law in compliance with this section ...[if] the law does not limit attorneys’ fees or impose caps on damages."
- Defining health care: "The term 'health benefits' means medical, surgical, hospital, prescription drug, and such other benefits as shall be determined by the Secretary."
- Micromanaging hospitals: e.g., "The Secretary shall not permit an increase in the number of operating rooms, procedure rooms, or beds of a hospital under clause (i)..."
- Micromanaging random diseases: e.g., "The Secretary shall, to the extent practical, identify and implement policies promoting proper use of abdominal aortic aneurysm screening among Medicare beneficiaries at risk for such aneurysms."
So Much for Tort Reform
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