Hidden Obamacare Tax for Comparative Effectiveness Research

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Don’t believe it when they tell you taxes aren’t on the rise. They often call them “fees”  because we are obviously too stupid to realize a “fee” is a “tax.”

The latest fee, for medical research, will be levied on, of all things, your health insurance plan. I guess the government feels health insurance isn’t expensive enough.

It’s only a $1 per person and it’s for an alleged good reason, but, like all fees/taxes, it will become yet another pocket to pick. It’s a little known provision in the Obamacare law that allows this tax. The money is going to a foundation already receiving money from taxpayers.

The alarming thing is it is for comparative effectiveness research –

“The more concerning thing is not the institute itself, but how the findings will be used in other areas,” said Kathryn Nix, a policy analyst for the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. “Will they be used to make coverage determinations?”

The institute’s director, Dr. Joe Selby, said patients and doctors will make the decisions, not his organization.

“We are not a policy-making body; our role is to make the evidence available,” said Selby, a primary care physician and medical researcher,

But insurance industry representatives say they expect to use the research and work with employers to fine-tune workplace health plans. Employees and family members could be steered to hospitals and doctors who follow the most effective treatment methods. Patients going elsewhere could face higher copayments, similar to added charges they now pay for “non-preferred” drugs on their insurance plans. Read here: AP article

Comparative effectiveness research enjoyed bipartisan support until Sarah Palin talked about the research being used for “death panels.” The AP claims that “death panels” have been debunked. I’m not so sure.

Since Obamacare will allow the government to make all the decisions about a person’s healthcare, knowing bureaucrats as I do, it amounts to something of a death sentence in my mind. Have you ever worked with an immovable bureaucrat? If you have, imagine that person in charge of your healthcare.

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