As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care
bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by
the brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the
patient-physician relationship. The very idea that the government
will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not
helpful in designing a health care system that works for all. Every
physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care
system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through
congress will be a disaster if passed.
I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the
following troubling lines that I have read in the bill. You cannot
possibly believe that these proposals are in the best interests of the
country and our fellow citizens.
Page 22 of the HC Bill: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of
all employers that self-insure!!
Page 30 Sec 123 of HC bill: THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that
decides what treatments/benefits you get.
Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!
Page 42 of HC Bill: The Health Choices Commissioner will choose
HC benefits for you. You have no choice!!
Page 50 Section 152 in HC bill: HC will be provided to ALL non-US
citizens, illegal or otherwise.
Page 58 HC Bill: Govt will have real-time access to individuals'
finances & a 'National ID Health card' will be issued! (Papers please!)
Page 59 HC Bill lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your
bank accounts for elective funds transfer. (Time for more cash and carry)
Page 65 Sec 164: Is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their
families in unions & community organizations: (ACORN).
Page 84 Sec 203 HC bill: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for
private HC plans in the 'Exchange'
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans
The Govt will ration your health care!
Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate
services. (Translation: illegal aliens.)
Page 95 Lines 8-18 HC Bill: The Govt will use groups (i.e.
Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.
Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans.
(AARP members - your health care! WILL be rationed!)
Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid eligible individuals will be
automatically enrolled in Medicaid. (No choice.)
Page 124 lines 24-25 HC: No company can sue Govt on price fixing.
"judicial review" against Govt monopoly.
Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: Doctors/ American Medical Association
The Govt will tell YOU what salary you can make.
Page 145 Line 15-17: An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into
public option plan. (NO choice!)
Page 126 Lines 22-25: Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time
employees AND their families. (Employees shouldn't get excited about
this as employers will be forced to reduce its work force, benefits,
and wages/salaries to cover such a huge expense.)
Page 149 Lines 16-24: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who
not provide public option will pay 8% tax on all payroll! (See the
last comment in parenthesis.)
Page 150 Lines 9-13: A business with payroll between $251K & $401K
who doesn't provide public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.
Page 167 Lines 18-23: ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC
according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from
individual taxes. (Americans will pay.) (Like always)
Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of the GOVT HC Admin. will
have access to ALL Americans' finances and personal records. (I guess
so they can 'deduct' their fees).
Page 203 Line 14-15 HC: "The tax imposed under this section shall
be treated as tax." (Yes, it really says that!) (a 'fee' instead).
Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: Govt will reduce physician services
Medicaid Seniors. (Low-income and the poor are affected.)
Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors: It doesn't matter what
you have trained yourself in -- you will all be paid the same! (Just
TRY to tell me that's not Socialism!)
Page 253 Line 10-18: The Govt sets the value of a doctor's time,
profession, judgment, etc. (Literally-- the value of humans.)
Page 265 Sec 1131: The Govt mandates and controls productivity for
"private" HC industries.
Page 268 Sec 1141: The federal Govt regulates the rental and
of power driven wheelchairs.
Page 272 SEC. 1145: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer
patients - welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151: The Govt will penalize hospitals for what ever
Govt deems preventable (i.e...re-admissions).
Page 298 Lines 9-11: Doctors: If you treat a patient during initial
admission that results in a re-admission -- the Govt will penalize
Page 317 L 13-20: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. (The Govt
tells doctors what and how much they can own!)
Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion. (The Govt
mandating that hospitals cannot expand.)
Page 321 2-13: Hospitals have the opportunity to apply for
BUT community input is required. (Can you say ACORN?)
Page 335 L16-25 Pg 336-339: The Govt mandates establishment of 2
outcome-based measures. (HC the way they want -- rationing.)
Page 341 Lines 3-9: The Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare
Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. &nb! sp; (Forcing people into the Govt plan)
Page 354 Sec 1177: The Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of 'special
needs people!' Unbelievable!
Page 379 Sec 1191: The Govt creates more bureaucracy via a "Tele-
Health Advisory Committee." (Can you say HC by phone?)
Page 425 Lines 4-12: The Govt mandates "Advance-Care Planning
Consult." (Think senior citizens end-of-life patients.)
Page 425 Lines 17-19: The Govt will instruct and consult regarding
living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. (And it's mandatory!)
Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: The Govt provides an
list of end-of-life resources; guiding you in death. (Also called
'assisted suicide.'), (Sounds like Soylent Green to me.)
Page 427 Lines 15-24: The Govt mandates a program for orders on
of-life." (The Govt has a say in how your life ends!)
Page 429 Lines 1-9: An "advanced-care planning consultant" will be
used frequently as a patient's health deteriorates.
Page 429 Lines 10-12: An "advanced care consultation" may include
ORDER for end-of-life plans. (AN ORDER TO DIE FROM THE
Page 429 Lines 13-25: The GOVT will specify which doctors can write
end-of-life order. (I wouldn't want to stand before God after getting
paid for THAT job!)
Page 430 Lines 11-15: The Govt will decide what level of treatment
will have at end-of-life! (Again -- no choice!)
Page 469: Community-Based Home Medical Services = Non-Profit
Organizations. (Hello? ACORN Medical Services here!?!)
Page 489 Sec 1308: The Govt will cover marriage and family therapy.
(Which means Govt will insert itself into your marriage even.)
Page 494-498: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including
defining, creating, and rationing those services.
Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to
inform patients and my fellow physicians about the dangers of the
proposed bills you and your colleagues are debating.
Furthermore, if you vote for a bill that enforces socialized medicine
on the country and destroys the doctor-patient relationship, I will
do everything in my power to make sure you lose your job in the next
Stephen E. Fraser, MD
I urge you to use the power that you were born with (and the power
that may soon be taken away) and circulate this information (email) to as
people as you can reach. The Power of the People can stop this from
happening to us, our parents, our grandparents, our children, and to