Why Are There Health Provisions In The Obama Economic Stimulus Plan?

Filed under: Health — @ February 11, 2009

Have you seen what is in the “stimulus” bill that could impact your health?

Since President Obama’s Economic Stimulus bill passed the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 61-37 and now heads to House and Senate subcommittees to hammer out the differences to come up with a consensus on what should be included in the final version of it, I think we should take a closer look at the health implications of what the President is presenting to the American people with his warning that failure to do so “could turn a crisis into a catastrophe.”

Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey

Since I blog primarily about health, I think you’ll find an op-ed in Bloomberg to be an especially thought-provoking and eye-opening piece. It was written by the former lieutenant governor of New York named Betsy McCaughey and closely examines some rather strange health-related provisions included in the Obama bill as “stimulus” that don’t seem to be in any way, shape, or form connected to creating jobs or income for the American public.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle

According to McCaughey, the health provisions included in the stimulus bill were mostly penned by former Senate Majority Leader and President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle, who recently withdrew his nomination due to failing to pay over $100,000 in back income taxes. But his fingerprints are all over the items concerning health and healthcare included in the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009″ that you need to know about.

Click here to see the five main changes to health policy that are set to take place when this becomes law and why people who are livin’ la vida low-carb should be concerned.


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