Ghosts in the Health Care Matrix

The next time you visit the doctor for a routine check-up, you may sense there is another person in the exam room with you.

The uninvited guest will not be a physician assistant or a nurse, but the shadowy specter of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

You will not actually see him, though, because he will be hiding inside your doctor's computer.

Of all the hidden agendas that are buried within Obamacare, the one controversy that received the least attention involves the widespread adoption of electronic health records by hospitals and physicians across the entire country.

The lack of furor makes sense. A screaming pack of demonstrators who are foaming at the mouth over "DEATH PANELS!" will always get more media airtime than some Geek Squad conspiracy theorist who is mumbling about "a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure."

Booooring!

Try fitting that one on a cardboard sign. "Infrastructure" doesn't even rhyme with anything scary.

The truth is that the Obamacare program does include financial incentives – bonus payments from Medicare, in other words – to reward health care providers who computerize their patients' medical records.

Under the new law, these forward-thinking providers are called "Meaningful Users." Now there is a euphemism that would make George Orwell's physician roll over in his grave. By definition, the opposite of a Meaningful User must be a Meaningless Waster.

After a few years, the bonus payments will be replaced by penalties for any holdout providers who still elect not to use electronic records. Their

reimbursements from Medicare will be cut. Doctors literally will be forced to comply or pay a price.

Under Obamacare, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is also granted the power to use "increasingly stringent measures to enforce compliance."

"Increasingly stringent measures" sounds an awful lot like "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Is the Surgeon General going to waterboard Marcus Welby, MD?

The mastermind of the new healthcare matrix will be the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This unelected political appointee is in charge of making sure that electronic health records fulfill their promise to reduce the wasteful healthcare spending caused by "inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate care, duplicative care, and incomplete information."

Critics argue that Obamacare is just one step closer to Big Government telling doctors what to do. The most fearsome example would be those now infamous "death panels" who decide whether your grandma will live to see her next birthday.

The real danger is not some bogeyman death panelist who is dressed like the Grim Reaper. Individual decisions on a case-by-case basis will never result in the cost savings necessary to rescue the Medicare program from going bankrupt. Your grandmother's care does not even add up to a rounding error in the Medicare budget.

According to the government's most recent estimate, Medicare is expected to collapse by 2029. In orderto rescue the entire program from going bust, Medicare needs to start squeezing the savings out of millions of grannies.

This is why the real threat to your grandmother's health is the new Czar for Health Information Technology. Big Brother is not going to bother making life-or-death decisions one blue-haired grandmother at a time, not when he has the power to create information technology standards that can affect the treatment of more than 46 million Medicare patients at once.

Eligibility to become a Meaningful User is based on whether providers fully implement and use government-approved health information technologies that meet certain standards of efficiency and effectiveness. That means once electronic medical records have been imposed on providers across the country, the Czar will be in a position to influence the design of the entire health information technology infrastructure.

For example, electronic record systems include programmed clinical alerts to warn doctors of potential safety problems. Sometimes the warnings are based on clinical factors, like a possible allergic interaction with certain medications.

Other types of helpful alerts are based on insurance coverage policies. For example, the system may warn a doctor before he orders a lab test that is not covered by Medicare.

As Medicare creeps closer to the verge of bankruptcy with every passing year, the pressure will become enormous to start using electronic record systems that also warn doctors before they enter orders that are deemed to be inefficient or not cost-effective.

For instance, the Czar for Health Information Technology and an independent panel of experts could recommend that all electronic record systems should be programmed to warn Meaningful Users to consider whether it is reasonable to withhold certain types of treatment from elderly patients.

After all, that expensive artificial hip is designed to last 10-15 years, and the remaining life expectancy for Mrs. Jones is not nearly that long.

According to some studies, as much as one quarter of the entire Medicare budget is spent treating elderly patients in the last year of their life. Academic eggheads point to this as clear evidence of wasteful or ineffective treatment. Presumably, these eggheads do not like their grandmothers very much.

Perhaps the little old lady does not really need a new titanium hip just to spend the rest of her days watching The Price is Right from a nursing home bed. So the computer decides that Mrs. Jones doesn't get anything more costly than two aspirin and warm tapioca.

Asking for a second opinion will be futile, because all clinical information systems will be loaded with the same "age-appropriate" treatment protocols. Mrs. Jones could be seen by a dozen different specialists, but the computers will always spit out the same answer. No hip for you.

You can save untold thousands of dollars with a simple, inexpensive injection of potassium chloride. No fuss, no mess. No more grandma.

Keep in mind that electronic records will be used in the treatment of all patients, not just the elderly. To eliminate all inefficient and inappropriate waste, the Czar will need to look at other types of patients who also require particularly expensive care, such as people with a family history of Alzheimer's or multiple sclerosis.

In fact, the matrix computers could automatically order a genetic screeningtest for all newborns. Based on each baby's statistical predisposition to develop certain conditions in the future, the computers will crunch the numbers and calculate everybody's fair share of limited health resources. Once you exhaust your capped lifetime reserve, the system refers you to a managed care counselor named Kevorkian. Game over.

In order to maximize the overall benefit for society as a whole, the matrix can limit the quality of care for every individual to a cost-effective level. The Czar's matrix will not let doctors order anything above that well-defined level of care, because a team of economists concluded it would be Bad Medicine. Only a Meaningless Waster would dare to practice Bad Medicine. Meaningful Users always deliver pre-approved Good Medicine.

There is another word for "Good Medicine" like that. It is called "eugenics." A fashionable idea among Progressives in the early twentieth century, eugenics is basically the theory of perfecting humankind by selectively weeding out the bad seeds that produce undesirable traits.

Advocates of this theory included Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Even Sanger's plan was somewhat less ambitious than the most well-known champion of eugenics, though. Here is a hint. His first name was Adolf.

Back then, the theory of selection was based on prejudice and propaganda. The modern return of eugenics may be based on footnotes in a cost-benefit analysis.

The Czar for Health Information Technology just types a few keystrokes into his matrix, and then lets the computers do all the work.



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Legal scholar and famed criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has a message for partisans dividing America: "A plague on both your houses." He voted for Hillary Clinton. He endorsed Joe Biden. He's a man who is basically the Forrest Gump of American judicial history.

Look up a big court case over the past few decades, and you'll probably see him standing in the background. He's represented notorious clients like Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Harry Reems, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and yes, Donald Trump. It's made him a target for both the left and right.

Alan also describes himself as a "civil libertarian," and that's probably why he and Glenn Beck get along despite their opposing political views. His story is like a history lesson, spanning half a century, and it just might be the key to bridging the political divide.

On this week's podcast, Alan explained that while he's a strong defender of the Constitution, he's never been a big fan of the Second Amendment. In the past he's called it absurd and outdated, and even today, he admits that he wouldn't have ingrained it into our Constitution if he was a framer. However, with the whole Bill of Rights under attack, he's now fully in defense of our right to bear arms. Because if the Second Amendment changes, any amendment could be next.

"I'm now a supporter of the Second Amendment. I don't want to change it. I don't want to change one word of it, because I'm afraid that if I get to change the Second Amendment, other people will get to change the First Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment," Alan said. "So, I am committed to preserving the Bill of Rights, every single word, every comma, and every space between the words."

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Investigative reporter David Steinberg joined the radio program Monday, to explain how a new video may provide enough evidence to begin a FBI investigation into alleged illegal practices by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's campaign.

In the video, which was produced and released by Project Veritas, residents of Omar's community describe campaign teams that not only conduct illegal ballot harvesting practices but also pay people for their blank absentee ballots.

Steinberg told Glenn that, if these charges prove to be true, the federal government could bypass Omar's friend and protector, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Could 2020 be the beginning of the end for Omar's political career?

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Mike Fratantuono is the manager of Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He wrote in the Washington Post's COVID-19 series about the recent, heartbreaking loss of his business, a restaurant that has been in his family for "four generations and counting."

"I know this virus is real, okay? It's real and it's awful. I'm not disputing any of that," Mike wrote. "But our national hysteria is worse. We allowed the virus to take over our economy, our small businesses, our schools, our social lives, our whole quality of life. We surrendered, and now everything is infected."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck reacted to Mike's letter, which he shared in full, adding his hope that those in government are ultimately held responsible for what he called the biggest theft of the Western world.

"This is the biggest theft of, not only money, but of heritage and of hope," Glenn said. "The United States government and many of the states are responsible for this, not you. And hopefully someday soon, we'll return to some semblance of sanity, and those responsible for this theft, this rape of the Western world, will be held responsible."

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We did our homework over the weekend; we did the research so we can tell you what is likely coming from Senate Democrats regarding President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Based on our research and the anonymous people who have already come forward to talk about Coney Barrett's youth, these are the main shocking things you can expect Senate Democrats to seize on during the confirmation process…

A man has come forward under the banner of "#MenToo," to say that in second grade, Amy Coney Barrett and her best friend at the time, cornered him at a birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese and "injected him with a full dose of cooties." Which, if true, would obviously be disqualifying for serving on the highest court in the land.

Then there's a woman who says when she was nine-years-old, she lived on the same street as Amy Coney Barrett. She alleges that Coney-Barrett borrowed her VHS tape of Herbie Goes Bananas and did not return it for at least six months. And then when she did finally get the tape back, the woman says Coney Barrett did not even bother to rewind it. The FBI has interviewed at least two witnesses so far who say the tape was indeed not rewound and that it was very upsetting to the owner of the tape. Again, if true, this is troubling – clearly not the kind of integrity you want to see in a Supreme Court justice.

Apparently, in their elementary school days, they liked to drink milk – and lots of it.

The same neighbor also dropped a bombshell allegation about the drinking problem of Amy Coney Barrett and her closest friends. Apparently, in their elementary school days, they liked to drink milk – and lots of it. The neighbor says she "frequently" witnessed Coney-Barrett and her friends chugging entire cartons of milk – often Whole Milk, sometimes Chocolate Milk, occasionally both at the same time through a funnel.

Unfortunately, shooting-up cooties, injurious rewinding, and potential calcium-abuse are not even the worst of it.

A third person has now come forward, another man, and this is just reprehensible, it's hard to even fathom. But he alleges that in fourth grade, when they were around ten-years-old, Amy Coney Barrett and a group of "four or five of her friends" gang-GRAPED him on the playground during recess. He alleges the group of friends snuck uneaten grapes out of the cafeteria and gang-GRAPED him repeatedly in broad daylight. In other words, and I hate to have to spell this out because it's kind of graphic, but the group led by ten-year-old Amy Coney Barrett pelted this poor defenseless boy with whole grapes. He recalls them "laughing the whole time" as they were gang-GRAPING him.

He recalls them "laughing the whole time" as they were gang-GRAPING him.

Obviously, even if just one of these allegations is half-true, no Senator with a conscience could possibly vote to confirm Coney Barrett. When there is a clear pattern of destructive childhood behavior, it always continues into adulthood. Because people do not change. Ever.

Fortunately, for the sake of the Republic, Democrats plan to subpoena Coney Barrett's childhood diary, to see what, if any, insights it may provide into her calcium habits, as well as her abuse of illicit cooties and the gang-GRAPING incident.

We will keep you posted on the latest, but for now, it looks like Democrats will find plenty in the reckless pre-teen life of Amy Coney Barrett to cast doubt on her nomination. And if not, they can always fall back on her deranged preference for letting babies be born.

[NOTE: The preceding was a parody written by MRA writer Nathan Nipper.]