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CNN Contributor and Republican Strategist
Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., says the Democrats have buried a poison pill inside the nearly trillion-dollar stimulus package moving through Congress that would jeopardize your ability to get life-saving treatments for cancer, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.
In an article for RedState.com, Shadegg says the $1.1 billion "Comparative Effectiveness Research" study that has been slipped into the stimulus, ostensibly to help the government get the biggest bang for its health care bucks, is actually a leading wedge into a single-payer health care system.
As Shadegg points out, comparative effectiveness is used by single-payer health care systems to determine which treatments or medications are the most efficient. It's one of the tools socialized medicine uses to deprive your grandmother of expensive Alzheimer's drugs, or your daughter from getting a bone marrow transplant.
What's "comparative effectiveness" got to do with creating jobs, which President Obama said Monday night was the main point of the package? Not much. But it does a lot to advance the liberal agenda for health care. Nevertheless it is surprising that the White House would give this measure the go ahead since they are contemplating a major health care reform effort of their own.
The American public has embraced the idea that the package is a pork-laden "Trojan Horse" that lets liberal politicians get in one measure many of the things they have wanted for the last 30 years. Thanks to Shadegg's team of researchers, who uncovered this boondoggle, the "CER" program will likely suffer the same fate as the hundreds of millions the House originally allocated for family planning in the first draft of the stimulus that became an embarrassment to the Democrats.
But for Republicans, who are almost completed united in their opposition to it, the stimulus will be a gift that keeps on giving. It's a treasure trove of costly nonsense, some of it trivial, some of it having profound implications for the country's future that will reignite suspicions about liberal activist government for years to come.
Contrary to the presidential spin, Republicans and Democrats both recognize the need to act boldly in response to the economic crisis. But that's not what's the stimulus bill is about. The package is a way for liberals like Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others to force their wish list of programs onto a unsuspecting American public.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has it wrong when he says the American people don't care about the pork in the stimulus. He and the other Democrats leading the charge on behalf of the package need to remember the words of Lincoln: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
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