Yes, the quotation marks are meant to be scare quotes. For today, we’re seeing two more concrete examples of how the government isn’t competent to be in charge of your health care. Which is Damn Scary given that ObamaCare hasn’t been repealed yet. So relax a while, and dig these two news items from today:
Item 1: Rep. Tim Huelskamp writes in The Washington Examiner that a proposed rule by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services would give the feds access to all your private health information:
In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients.
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The HHS has proposed the federal government pursue one of three paths to obtain this sensitive information: A “centralized approach” wherein insurers’ data go directly to Washington; an “intermediate state-level approach” in which insurers give the information to the 50 states; or a “distributed approach” in which health insurance companies crunch the numbers according to federal bureaucrat edict.
Just providing this information to the government is disturbing enough. But then you have to consider what happens after they learn about your colorectal polyps, VD, gynecomastia, undescended testicle, black hairy tongue, etc.:
Imagine a Wikileaks-sized disclosure of every Americans’ health histories. The results could be devastating – embarrassing – even Orwellian.
Read Rep. Huelskamp’s column here. Will I get in trouble if I state the obvious? This is un-American.
Item 2: Meanwhile, the AP reports that Obama’s FDA is going to “phase out” (read: outlaw) over-the-counter asthma inhalers because, get this, they’re supposedly a threat to the ozone layer:
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.
The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.
Read the whole story here. Yes, my fellow Americans, the self-proclaimed warrior for the middle class is about to possibly triple the cost of little Johnny’s asthma inhalers, because the science is settled. So pay more, you little twit, or The Warrior will freaking make you suck wind. Or use a breathalyzer instead. Jerk.
But hey. Fester is an optimist who prefers to look at the bright side: ObamaCare may let the government get all up in your business, but at least it’ll cut down on compassion. After all, compassion has no place in controlling the populace.