Buried in the Stimulus bill is a provision that will track your medical treatments electronically by a federal system. It also establishes the new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal of this coordinator is to “guide” you my doctor’s decisions. This seems a little like 1984.

Basically the Democratic party is turning your medical treatments into a commodity determined by a bureaucracy? Before you accept the thinly veiled socialized medicine being pushed by the democrats as ” Electronic Record keeping.” Think about what you would do if you or someone you loved had cancer and the authorities who run the system turned down your request for a life saving treatment because it was too expensive. That’s happens in Great Britain One in four cancer patients who could benefit from the latest, most effective drugs is being denied the treatments by the NHS.

Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor” of New York State has been leading the way, informing the public about this dangerous provision in the bill passed by congress last week.

The “man” who runs MSNBC, Moonbat Keith Olbermann attacked McCaughey on his Thursday show, prompting McCaughey to issue the press release below:

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If Keith Olbermann of MSNBC could defend the health provisions slipped into the stimulus bill on their merits, he wouldn’t be resorting to personal attacks on me. Olbermann calls me a shill funded by the drug industry (2-12-2009). That’s not true…If Keith Olbermann has the courage, I invite him to debate me on his program…Mr. Olbermann, do you have the backbone (and the facts) to debate me?

So which is is Mr. Olbarmann, are you enough of a man to debate a woman? I don’t think you are? Too bad, it would be fun to watch Betsy verbally disembowel the head of MSNBC.

Below is a video of the Olbermann segment a transcript of the entire Betsy McCaughey response:

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KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST: If you watched the wrong program on cable news network or just about any program on fixed news this week, you might have heard that the stimulus bill contained a secret provision, creating a new government bureaucracy empowered to overrule your doctor‘s decisions about your health.

Our fourth story tonight: A health report-the anatomy of a smear. On Monday, “Bloomberg News” ran a commentary by former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, among her claims-the bill would create, quote, “one new bureaucracy,” the national coordinator of health information technology, to reduce costs and, quote, “guide,” unquote, your doctor‘s decisions.

A national coordinator of health information technology secretly slipped into the stimulus bill. Scary! Scary enough for red type at the Drudge Report. The government is telling your doctor what to do. Scary! Scary enough for comedian Rush Limbaugh to flog it on his radio show.

With Rush and especially, Drudge, transmitting the fear virus, CNN and fixed news quickly succumbed.

BETSY MCCAUGHEY, FMR. LT. GOV. OF NEW YORK: But the bill goes much further on page 442. It explicitly says that the government will be delivering information to your doctor at bedside, quote, “to guide decisions at the time and place of care”-at the time and place of care. So, in fact, this is going be a two-way system. Your medical treatments will be stored in the medical database but the government will also be communicating with your doctor at the time and place of care.

OLBERMANN: There is a reason she is no longer lieutenant governor of New York. First, the information was not, quote, “to guide decisions.” It was, quote, “to help guide medical decisions.” And information is not provided at bedside but made available so that your doctor will have it whenever he or she has to make decisions.

Here is the full relevant passage, not the cherry-picked one from the former lieutenant governor. The health coordinator‘s office, quote, “provides appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care.” To CNN‘s credit, its medical correspondent challenged McCaughey‘s claim but the network itself still dignified debate over it as controversy. Lou Dobbs didn‘t even go that far.

On the new national coordinator of health information, meet David Brailer, hired in 2004 by President Bush as the national coordinator of health information.

But if the anatomy of this smear reveals the tendons of Rush and Drudge, maybe more the guts, connecting blatant lies about stuff anybody could check out online, to a circus on FOX and even a, quote, “controversy” on CNN-what about the evolution of the sneer?

Betsy McCaughey is an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a think tank funded by-wait for it-drug companies, drugstore chains and biomedical suppliers whose former trustee once ran the same health insurance group whose “Harry and Louise” ad helped to torpedo health care in the ‘90s. McCaughey herself wrote to pharmaceutical trade group, PhRMA, quote, “Asking PhRMA to support my work at the Hudson Institute because my writings on healthcare policy can make a substantial difference in public opinion and in the nation‘s capital.”Below is the transcript of the McCaughey response:

If Keith Olbermann of MSNBC could defend the health provisions slipped into the stimulus bill on their merits, he wouldn’t be resorting to personal attacks on me. Olbermann calls me a shill funded by the drug industry (2-12-2009). That’s not true.

I am not paid by the pharmaceutical industry or by the Hudson Institute. I hold only an honorary Fellows position at Hudson, and take no money or benefits from it. If Keith Olbermann has the courage, I invite him to debate me on his program.

The Obama administration promised transparency, but gave us a sleight of hand. Slipped into the stimulus bill are provisions that change healthcare in major ways. If these provisions are so good for us, why are they hidden in a stimulus bill and rushed through Congress?

Transparency is not a partisan issue. Good people may differ on their health care views. But who can argue with the fact that the health provisions in the stimulus bill should be removed and offered as separate legislation, so that the nation can consider the long term consequences and make an informed decision?

Mr. Olbermann, do you have the backbone (and the facts) to debate me?

Will Olbermann accept? I doubt it.  Bullies like him never do

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