In case you need a reminder of just how horrible the Senate bill is, the House Republican Policy Committee has put together this list of all of the “new boards, bureaucracies, and programs” this legislation would create.
It’s worth noting that among this list are FIVE new entities related to women’s health: the Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health, and, of course, the Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health. Yes, the last sounds like another bureaucracy that’s sole purpose is to manage and oversee the many other bureaucracies.
Does anyone seriously think that this kind of massive government expansion is going to help women? It seems much more likely that each entity will create more rules and regulation and protocols that will further gum up the works of our medical system.
The naïve may shug their shoulders and say well surely the President’s revised legislation with pare down all of this unnecessary bureaucracy. Be warned: once the Senate bill is passed, it very well could become law of the land. Promised amendments and changes may very well not make it through Congress. And don’t count on the President’s proposal to improve the bill anyway. One of his chief contributions was to propose another major federal regulatory entity.