Friday, August 28, 2009

Health Care: FCCCERs are NICE--but Not

FCCCERs? That's Dr. (J.D., not M.D.) Obama's name for his "best practices" healthcare unit under his healthcare plan. The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (FCCCER) is the government committee that will know better than of medical journals whether or not your doctor should be reimbursed for a specific procedure under Obama Kennedy Care. Dr. Krauthammer (M.D., not J.D.) points out that the FCCCER would fulfill the same function as England's NICE committee, the best practices outfit that once mandated that you could receive a costly anti-blindness drug only after you went blind in one eye. Krauthammer argues that FCCCERs existence is one more reason the current health care bill is bad, and with the government involved, health care will inevitably be rationed.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, D.C., pundits are noticing what Wilmette has been saying since day one: that Obama and crew are a bunch of not-ready-for-prime-time players. One terms them "politically irresponsible;" another "confused," a third goes so far as to compare Obama unfavorably with Dan Quayle, terming the White House Politburo a "carousel of incompetence." The truth? According to Wilmette's sources, the Obamas get bored easily and simply don't care.


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