Important aspects of the plan:
The plan aimes to cut the number of doctors (called "cost
centers") by one quarter in order to cut demand by limiting
The plan aimes to cut costs by cutting the number of specialists
The plan prescribes the following fines:
* $5,000 for refusing to join the government-mandated health
* $5,000 for failing to pay premiums on time.
* 15 years to doctors who received "anything of value"
in exchange for helping patients short-circuit the bureaucracy.
* $10,000 a day for faulty physician paperwork.
* $50,000 for unauthorized patient treatment.
* $100,000 a day for drug companies that messed up federal
Will mandate that the Federal Government build a database
containing every American's medical records and require all
individuals to carry a card containing a chip storing our
complete medical history. This information would be available
to government officials and researchers without your approval
Will set out to control the number and type of doctors permitted
to practice in an geographical area.
A Congressional Budget Office report said the bill would cost
more than $1 trillion in the first eight years.
An association of U.S. Hospitals study estimated the plan
will add 59 new government offices staffed by 100,000 new
When a woman complained that she didn't want to get shoved
into a plan not of her choosing, she was lectured, "It's
time to put the common good, the national interest, ahead
When told the plan could bankrupt small businesses, the response,
"I can't be responsible for every undercapitalized small
business in America."
Other quotes about the plan:
"I have never read an official document that seemed
so suffused with coercion and political naivete ... with its
drastic prescriptions for controlling the conduct of state
governments, employers, drug manufacturers, doctors, hospitals
and you and me."
-- Martha Derthick of the University of Virginia
Senator Moynihan said, "The American people got it clear
enough…to cut the number of doctors in the country by
a quarter…If you have fewer doctors you have fewer doctor
bills. But you don't associate it with improving medicine."
Moynihan also noted, this bill aimed to cut costs by cutting
"the number of specialists in half." Moynihan vehemently
objected, arguing that specialists are a function of science--new
discoveries create new specialties. Moynihan, defending New
York's teaching hospitals which produce specialists, said,
"We are not swamped with specialists; we abound in them.
And that is surely the glory of this great moment of medical