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Monday, February 09, 2009

Healthcare "Oversight" Board Created via "Stimulus" Bill

In a very little noticed provision of the proposed "stimulus" bill, the federal government would create the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, which is the U.S. version of the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness (NICE).

As the Galen Institute explains, this new bureaucracy would literally change health care forever as it gives the government the ability to oversee health care treatments for every American. Worried about privacy? Don't worry - this government body with $1.4B in spending won't let the information leak out. The most worrisome concern, of course, is that if this body don't like a particular drug or the cost of a drug for your treatment, you could be refused by your insurance company.

But don't worry about the details - the government knows you better than you know yourself.