“This will be one of the biggest boondoggles in the history of man.”
So says a RetireSafe supporter in response to our recent survey on the health care provisions in President Obama’s stimulus bill designed to ration your access to quality care. This supporter’s comment represents many of the concerns seniors’ across America raised about a huge government database of every treatment, diagnosis and prescription from every doctor in the country.
Others expressed concern about making such data available to government bureaucrats. “I feel that a government database is an invasion of privacy.” We agree with that concern, too.
84% of you who responded to the survey expressed concern about “the loss of freedom my doctor and I will have if he or she is forced to use a government-mandated treatment rather than what we both believe is best.”
81% said you worry about “the rationing of health care, especially for seniors, that will result from further government regulation of health care through Medicare.”
What should RetireSafe do about it? You were equally vocal about that:
“We should be doing everything possible to educate others, especially seniors and their children, of the dangers of a government-run health care system. This needs to be done immediately. I am going to do as much as I can by e-mailing this to others and talking about it with my family and friends.”
“Ensure that Congress is truly informed by seniors about how their meddling with doctor-patient relationships will adversely affect health care. Moreover, the government should not be privy to my medical records for treatment and proper care.”
We’re doing our part, with a petition at our Action Site and a plan to produce print, radio and television ads featuring RetireSafe members like you!
If you would like to voice your concerns about cuts in Medicare, limiting your choices and other restrictions, go to our health care survey. We want to hear from you!