I think the Lodi News-Sentinel should do an article on what I call phase 2 of health care reform — Comparative Effectiveness Research. This is where true cost-cutting and rationing measures will take place, and no one is talking about it.
In this initial phase of Obamacare, the government gains control. In the second phase, they dictate what care we will receive. Just to show how important this is to the Obama administration, there are two panels set up to start this process, one under PPACA the other under the ARRA Act of 2009.
People might be upset with Obamacare now, but the real threat is down the road. Comparative Effectiveness Research is going to result in protocols that will dictate who gets what medical treatment based on cost versus outcome. The government is going to replace your doctor when deciding on appropriateness of care. Don't believe me? Go to www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-11-35.pdf and www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/cer/index.html.
Wake up, America. The rationing of socialized medicine will soon be upon us.