ObamaCare kills discount drug deals to childrens hospitals

posted at 10:12 am on December 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Nancy Pelosi told us that we needed to pass the ObamaCare bill to find out what was in it, but apparently we needed to pass it to find out what wasn’t in it as well.  Thanks to one of the 2800 pages that apparently no one in Congress read before voting on the bill, the new law has drug manufacturers canceling discounts to childrens’ hospitals that helped provide medicine to children suffering from rare diseases.  The change will cost these hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars, and will almost certainly curtail access to critical care for children:

In an unintended consequence of the new health care law, drug companies have begun notifying children’s hospitalsaround the country that they no longer qualify for large discounts on drugs used to treat rare medical conditions.

As a result, prices are going up for these specialized “orphan drugs,” some of which are also used to treat more common conditions.

Over the last 18 years, Congress has required drug manufacturers to provide discounts to a variety of health care providers, including community health centers, AIDS clinics and hospitals that care for large numbers of low-income people.

Several years ago, Congress broadened the program to include children’s hospitals. But this year Congress, in revising the drug discount program as part of the new health care law, blocked these hospitals from continuing to receive price cuts on orphan drugs intended for treatment of diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.

The discount program didn’t disappear altogether.  The new law mandates that rural hospitals gain access to the discount program, for instance, and the discounts still appear to be in effect for the clinics and community centers.  It appears that Congress bought that expansion at the expense of sick children.

Actually, it’s unclear whether anyone in Congress actually knew of the shift at all:

A House Democrat who worked on the health care law said the situation had resulted from “an honest mistake in drafting,” and he added, “No one intended to take away any of the drug discounts that children’s hospitals already had.”

Normally, that would be a little hard to believe, and obviously someone intended to curtail the discount.  It didn’t end up in the bill as a “mistake in drafting”; the tradeoff is rather transparent.  Congress wanted to expand a mandate on drug manufacturers to sell their most expensive products at steep discounts to rural hospitals as well as the community centers and clinics, and the drug manufacturers balked at eroding even more of their revenue, much of which goes to development of new medications and therapies.  Congress therefore cut out the children’s hospitals to strike a balance.

There’s no mistake in the drafting here, nor is this an unintended consequence, as the New York Times calls it.  There was a mistake in the priorities of Congress, and a big mistake in voting for a 2800-page bill without actually reading it.  But otherwise, this is precisely the kind of rationing that Congress intended to impose on the American health-care system. And it’s the children who get to pay for it first.

Now Congress wants to amend the law to restore the discounts to the children’s hospitals, and they have measures introduced in both the House and Senate to do just that.  The move will run into some serious opposition from the pharmaceuticals unless Congress eliminates others from the discount program, like the community centers, which they’re unlikely to do.  Congress would do better to repeal the entire monstrosity and work towards real reform of the health care system by eliminating the tax breaks for third-party payers and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.


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……….St. Jude’s :(

thebrokenrattle on December 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

More waivers?

Electrongod on December 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

“…..work towards real reform of the health care system by eliminating the tax breaks for third-party payers and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.”

Nah, that would be to freakin’ easy. Won’t be able to squeeze out a few extra “donations” for baby’s new shoes if Congress went with a simple, logical, and completely workable solution.

TQM38a on December 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Congress would do better to repeal the entire monstrosity and work towards real reform of the health care system by eliminating the tax breaks for third-party payers and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.

Bah! If this were actually about health care, I could buy that…but this isn’t about health care. Democrats have no intention of revising, or starting over…and Obama will shun any revision, or action the Republicans bring forth on this issue.

They want power, and control, and will do anything to get it, and keep it.

capejasmine on December 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Ironic that they use the children as an argument for amnesty, yet be an American child and get the typical Democratic screwin’. Liberals suck. I wish they would just move to a socialist country and make the rest of us happy.

search4truth on December 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM

If just one sick child dies because of this, that vile b*tch Pelosi should be held publicly accountable! And I mean sue her into virtual poverty!

She is the one who ramrodded this thing down our throats!

pilamaye on December 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Who wrote this?! Apollo Alliance wrote the stimulus, did they write this as well? WHO WROTE THIS!?

liquidflorian on December 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

When they said “We got to do it for the Children,” how many of the Obamatrons/Pelosians really meant “We’ve got to do it to the children?”

“Actually, it’s unclear whether anyone in Congress actually knew of the shift at all.”

(Seems to be a misspelling of the twelfth word there.)

coldwarrior on December 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

No one intended. And yet that’s exactly what happened. Hundreds of lawyers, thousands of pages of legislation, thousands of eyes, and no one noticed that childrens hospitals were going to be screwed up the arse in order to benefit community centers and clinics.

amerpundit on December 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

How many threads are going to get pulled from ObamaWare before it completely falls apart?

Electrongod on December 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

ObamaCare kills the discount drug deals to childrens hospitals

OUTRAGE!

Badger40 on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Screw the children. We have 10 million people who have been receiving unemployment checks for two years and they want mo money.

Priorities people. Priorities.

(Hint …… children can’t vote)

fogw on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Horrible news. Just horrible.

The worst thing about this reform act, as the AP mentioned in an article yesterday regarding the 1 year Doc Fix, is that it increasingly is making everything in the health field CONNECTED.

What that means is that if there is a part of the health field or this specific reform act you want changed, you cannot change it without it affecting a different part of that reform act or a different part of our overall health care.

For instance, in the AP article I mentioned even the Associated Press is picking up on how things are getting more interconnected to one another because of this bill. We are now going to pay for this one year doc fix by tightening, in Obamacare, how easily credits can be given to drive down the cost of premiums for new customers. In otherwords, we are robbing Peter (new customers, and their ability to avoid high premiums) to pay Paul (doctors who are desperatley in need of a long term Medicare payment fix).

That is why it is so imperative to repeal not mere parts of this act, but the entire thing al together. We cannot have a system where things are too interwoven with one another.

Indy82 on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

would do better to repeal the entire monstrosity and work towards real reform of the health care system by eliminating the tax breaks for third-party payers and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.

How ’bout we stop putting Band Aids on the sucking chest wound that is health care ins. & get the govt totally OUT of the health care business?
Sometimes you gotta break a few eggs to make that omelet!

Badger40 on December 9, 2010 at 10:29 AM

All I can picture right now is that pic of Pelosi and friends walking up to Capitol Hill with that over-sized gavel in her hand and a big smile on her face.
They knew.

Electrongod on December 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM

(Hint …… children can’t vote)

fogw on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

But their parents, families and care givers can!

ladyingray on December 9, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Libs don’t like kids much anyway.

Bishop on December 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

There is no defense for this. None at all.

kingsjester on December 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

……….St. Jude’s :(

thebrokenrattle on December 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

That was my first thought. A wonderful hospital that I have made regular donations to. An unconscionable shame that they should pay the price in this way for this monstrous bill.

MJBrutus on December 9, 2010 at 10:33 AM

work towards real reform of the health care system by eliminating the tax breaks for third-party payers and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.

Dims will never go for that. Such a system would require people to be responsible, self-reliant, and capable of making their own decisions about their health care and the allocation of their own resources.

Dims will never willingly permit Americans to have that kind of control over their own lives. To them, we’re a bunch of ignorant children, too stupid to know what’s best for us, and in desperate need of Big Daddy Government to control every aspect of our lives.

AZCoyote on December 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I think we now know who wants us to “die quickly”.

Vashta.Nerada on December 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

… and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.

And how would the State gain power from that? There’s no reason to do it if the Government doesn’t grow and confiscate more of our liberty and money.

forest on December 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I didn’t know the children would face death panels also. This is bad. We need healthy children to work hard and pay off their national debt.

seven on December 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

But their parents, families and care givers can!

ladyingray on December 9, 2010 at 10:31 AM

So very true. I’m thinking the geniuses who put this plan together overlooked that possibility. I’ve come to the conclusion they are that stupid.

fogw on December 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Obama and the godless left that he embodies hate children, liberty, and attainable prosperity.

Inanemergencydial on December 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Who knew……

……Death Panels weren’t just for Granny!!

PappyD61 on December 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Libs don’t like kids much anyway.

Bishop on December 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Exactly right. Excluding their own children, I’m sure they have no problem rationalizing this as just…abortion. Even if the child is 10…it hasn’t been socialized enough, because it’s sick. Pick off the weak, to assure the healthy thrive.

Say….wasn’t that Hitlers plan as well?

capejasmine on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Don’t forget the Shriner’s hospital in Houston.

BruceB on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Pelosi and that gaggle of brain dead Democrats should be ran out of town and never allowed to return. Thank you enlightened voters you really stuck it to us.

rplat on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

My daughter, when she was 5, was one who received a discounted rare drug after being in a Children’s Hospital and then 3 years afterward. It was an $1100 injection every 28 days. My insurance company balked at that at first and didn’t cover it. The pharmaceutical company donated 3 months of injections while we dealt with the insurance company. In the end, the pharmaceutical company heavily discounted it and the insurance company covered it.
This was 12 years ago. How evil they were back then/

Electrongod on December 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

As a reminder, Ezekiel Emmanuel sacrifices infants and children in his sinister “Complete Lives System” guidelines, so this result is not entirely unexpected.

Buy Danish on December 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM

“Law of intended consequences.”

It’s almost like they planned to kill of bunch of us from the beginning…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on December 9, 2010 at 10:49 AM

why do dems hate kids?

ted c on December 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM

How much input in the writing of this did Tom Daschle have?

docflash on December 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM

no deals for kids that survived the abortions that the libs planned for them a few years back.

ted c on December 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM

‘Bam won’t have money
To pay my gas and mortgage
If he buys kids drugs…

Haiku Guy on December 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM

They knew they couldn’t get all of the above, couldn’t get rural hospitals, clinic, community organizations AND children’s hospitals. Soooo … you leave off the one that WILL create the most outrage, because you know you can add it later when people find out it isn’t there. This is just another way to hide the true cost.

Just like the “Doctor Fix”, leave it out initially, knowing you have to add it later, so you can disguise the real cost.

odannyboy on December 9, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Don’t forget the Shriner’s hospital in Houston.

BruceB on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

We have Children’s Memorial in Chicago.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 9, 2010 at 10:54 AM

…he added, “No one intended to take away any of the drug discounts that children’s hospitals already had.”

The skittle-pooping unicorn told me we could cover 46 million new people and not have to cut back anywhere.

Kafir on December 9, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Inanemergencydial on December 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Knock off the “godless == bad” crap! That has nothing to do with it, aside from giving you an excuse to vent your bigotry.

MJBrutus on December 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Allow me to quote a pertinent paragraph for those who don’t have the time to click on links or scroll through a long piece. Meanwhile, if the name “Emmanuel” sounds familiar, Ezekiel is Rahm’s brother:

Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants. Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfilment requires a complete life. As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, “It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does”; this argument is supported by empirical surveys. [emphasis added]

Buy Danish on December 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

there ain’t money for tylenol for the kiddos but there’ll be money for crack and weed.

priorities.

ted c on December 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Exactly right. Excluding their own children,
capejasmine on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

They include their own.

Ted Turner once said he regretted having five children because of their environmental impact on Mother Gaia. I wonder if those kids have ever wondered which of them are the most regretted.

Bishop on December 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM

The unintended consequence here is that congress wrote a Frankenstein bill and passed it without actually reading it. Now they’re having to patch the mess, and it’s only getting worse. We’re going to get one or two of those every month, and it’ll be increasingly delicious to watch, if not to swallow.

jdfister on December 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM

A House Democrat who worked on the health care law

BS! The only work Democrats did on this bill was guard the printers so nobody could make copies. The Democrats didn’t write this bill, but they sure as hell were the only ones who voted for it. Time to roll out my next fb post…

txhsmom on December 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Remember…

… They exempted themselves from this legislation to boot.

Happy?

Seven Percent Solution on December 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Does Congress ever write good legislation any more? They have no more expertise at this stuff than average Joe. For everything one thing they try to accomplish they screw up two things.

bopbottle on December 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

OBAMA IS KILLING OUR CHILDREN!!!!!

Blake on December 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

They include their own.

Ted Turner once said he regretted having five children because of their environmental impact on Mother Gaia. I wonder if those kids have ever wondered which of them are the most regretted.

Bishop on December 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM

…Unthinkable. Lord have mercy (-_-)

On the main topic, I don’t think anyone should be surprised. Leftists don’t like children. They’re loud, dirty, they eat a lot, don’t contribute to the voting blocks, and create a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Left hates children. It’s simply the way they are, a fundamental aspect of their philosophies that half of them do not even understand themselves. It is a terrible thing to see.

KinleyArdal on December 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM

“an honest mistake in drafting”

See what happens when proper punctuation is not practiced?
Who knew the power of a misplaced semi-colon!

Amendment X on December 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants. Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfilment requires a complete life. As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, “It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does”; this argument is supported by empirical surveys. [emphasis added]

Thank you for the excerpt.

Rage starting to build.

KinleyArdal on December 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Is no one safe from the death panels?

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Congress would do better to repeal the entire monstrosity and work towards real reform of the health care system by eliminating the tax breaks for third-party payers and encourage moves to HSAs and catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive, all-you-can-eat plans.

No one can say you don’t have a sense of humor there Ed.

PackerBronco on December 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

No real surprise here. Fancy Nancy told everyone: “You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” So when folks who voted for it act surprised, they need to be reminded of their carelessness.

The new Congress should not entertain amendments. Repeal and start over, proceeding in an honest and cost sensitive manner is the only acceptable answer.

EconomicNeocon on December 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

They never intended to not cover the children!!!

They knew that your outrage when you found out would make sure the children were included. They depended on your outrage!

It was all about the clinics and community organizers.

Do you think we are going to seriously cut anything out to add the children, no, it is just going to be an additional cost. They planned it this way. Get over the outrage about the children, they were never the point, the point is that this was a heartless, cut throat way to get everything they wanted included.

You’ve been played!

odannyboy on December 9, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Even Klugman has admitted that democratics think death panels are the way to go: NYT’s Krugman Slips and Tells the Truth About Death Panels

I am convinced that when democratics say they want to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare, what they really mean is they want to eliminate healthcare for those that they deem unfit to live.

slickwillie2001 on December 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM

The House has voted to restore discounts for children’s hospitals. Similar legislation has been bottled up in the Senate, despite support from Republicans like Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts and Democrats like Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. A version of the proposal was included in bipartisan health care legislation unveiled Tuesday by Senate leaders.

When Congress created the drug discount program in 1992, it said the purpose was to enable clinics and hospitals to “stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services.”

1992… It’s a Dem/Bush41 program that will be restored. This issue has no legs for the GOP.

mankai on December 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The Left hates children. It’s simply the way they are, a fundamental aspect of their philosophies that half of them do not even understand themselves. It is a terrible thing to see.

KinleyArdal on December 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Nope….they just hate American children. They just love illegal alian kids

Ditkaca on December 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Just another reason why you don’t “pick and choose” which portions of Obama Care to repeal – you need to quarantine and kill the entire monstrosity.

For example, I know that people “feel uncomfortable” with cutting entitlements, but you can’t mandate coverage for pre-existing conditions. The reason we’re in this fix is because there was too much focus on what “would be nice” as opposed to what is affordable.

Someone has to be the grownup here.

disa on December 9, 2010 at 11:25 AM

We can’t complain when they implement these things and then feign outrage when they might be eliminated.

Reminds me of Hannity blasting BHO for “lying” about the Bush tax cuts. A caller called in and said that we should be glad he reneged on that promise. Hannity couldn’t grasp the point and rambled on like an idiot (i.e. the show format continued as usual).

mankai on December 9, 2010 at 11:28 AM

History will be most unkind to President Abu Barry Hussein ibn Obooba al Kenyi al Indoni al Amriki.

Akzed on December 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Legislate in haste – repent at leisure

DamnCat on December 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants. Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life.

Buy Danish on December 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

“But even in 1933, the anti-gospel of Hitler was moving toward the legal murder of these people who, like the Jews, were categorized as unfit… [t]he terms increasingly used to describe these people with disabilities were useless eaters and life unworthy of life.”

page 184

Bonhoeffer – Pastor,Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Metaxas, Eric
Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, TN 2010

“Karl Brandt… [Hitler's personal physician]…was the principal architect and codirector of the T-4 euthanasia program in which scores of thousands of persons with mental and physical disabilities were removed from hospitals and places like Bodelschwingh’s Bethel community and murdered. Brandt also performed innumerable forced abortions on women deemed “genetically inferior,” “racially deficient” (Jewish), or mentally or physically disabled.”

page 250

ibid

It started so simply, almost benignly. It was REALLY an act of mercy, don’t you know.

Someone recently told me that there exists a plaque on the site of one the Third Reich’s “Final Solution camps” which simply translates,

“These things were none by ordinary people.”

oldleprechaun on December 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Rage starting to build.
KinleyArdal on December 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Rage is good. More here. Among other issues, Ezekiel has a problem with the Hippocratic Oath. And note this from the PDF link to “communitarianism”:

Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.

Buy Danish on December 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM

“These things were none done by ordinary people.”

oldleprechaun on December 9, 2010 at 11:34 AM

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!!!

It hurts ALL citizens by degrading or destroying existing health care, increasing expense, reducing choice, and placing enormous totally-unrelated-to-actual-health-care burdens on every citizen!!!

This is the worst law ever passed in the history of the nation, and it should be REPEALED even faster than the infamous seat belt interlock law and the similarly-mis-chartered ‘original Medicare B’ law.

landlines on December 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM

“There’s no mistake in the drafting here, nor is this an unintended consequence, as the New York Times calls it. There was a mistake in the priorities of Congress, and a big mistake in voting for a 2800-page bill without actually reading it. But otherwise, this is precisely the kind of rationing that Congress intended to impose on the American health-care system. And it’s the children who get to pay for it first.”

So, the drafters and those who directed the drafting wanted to expand the discount program yet couldn’t get a buy in from opponents so they kept the expansion part and threw out the existing part they knew would be added back in afterwards.

This isn’t a mistake, though it is a mistake to blame it on “Congress” when, in fact, it was rammed through by Democrats in Congress. It’s a calculated move to get what they wanted, and this is part of it. And “fixing” this mistake will have the side benefit to them that they will look to many as rescuers, not perpetrators.

At some point one has to face the fact that the American public was snookered by scammers and the Democrat leadership was in on it. They were, and are, not honest negotiators and until you recognize and identify them for what they are you’ll continue to be suckered.

Dusty on December 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM

OBAMA IS KILLING OUR CHILDREN!!!!!

Blake on December 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

…and…OBAMA IS KILLING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS TOO!!!

…via destruction of ‘Medicare Advantage’, theft of over a half-trillion dollars from Medicare to waste on new bureaucracies which are set up to PREVENT health care, establishment of death panels which report to POLITICAL appointees, etc.

OBAMACARE IS PURE EVIL!!!

landlines on December 9, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I wonder what the libs like Robin Williams are thinking right now? They supported the President, this Obamacare Bill, and they are running fundraising ads for St Jude’s right now.

Open your wallets libs and make up the difference.

We told you a 2,000 page bill was bad news and you told us we were terrorists.

We told you to pass a bill allowing insurance across state lines, tort reform, and pusing HSA and catastrophic coverage. You told us Obamacare would save the children and lower insurance costs.

Open your wallets libs and make up the difference. Can’t do it? Then help us Repeal this bill.

journeyintothewhirlwind on December 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM

So that’s what they were talking about in those meetings with the pharmaceutical companies that were broadcast on CSPAN…

taznar on December 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Just when I think they can’t possibly top any of their past shenanagins, yet another rabbit pops out of the magic hat. Death panels for kids is the most dispicable, evil thing imaginable. I think we should turn the tables on the politicians and strip them of all their health care, and make them live on the average salary citizens receive in the state they represent.

GrannySunni on December 9, 2010 at 12:18 PM

“These things were none by ordinary people.”
oldleprechaun on December 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Sorry – missed this earlier. Yes. But I try to stay away from Hitler analogies. It is fair to bring up bio-ethicist Peter Singer though.

Buy Danish on December 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I think we now know who wants us to “die quickly”.

Vashta.Nerada on December 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

The children are now properly Scrooged… -Dems

dominigan on December 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

odannyboy on December 9, 2010 at 10:53 AM

You have summed up my thoughts exactly. Remember that the Dems needed to keep the cost under the “magic” number of a trillion dollars. If you leave unfunded the most critical, under-noticed items, you can count on public outrage to demand you fix them.

scrub_oak on December 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Nancy, Harry and the Dems didn’t read it and now we know what’s in it. Death Panels for sick children. These Democrats are soooooooo compassionate. This law is great: more than 200 company exemptions and now Death Panels for children. Love ObamaCare liberals.

stefano1 on December 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

But, guys, according to liberals, these are the kids who should have been aborted in the first place… how dare them run up medical costs..

tinkerthinker on December 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM

The logic here is simple. The price increases are neither unintentional nor an evil scheme as some conservative pundits have asserted. They are part of the logic of the ObamaCare bills, if logic can be said to apply to such an enterprise.

The discounts were provided because the Children’s Hospitals were said to provide lots of charity care to uninsured children. Under ObamaCare, all children will be insured, so there will be no more charity care and no more need for discounts. Simple as that.

fourier on December 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The Death Panel is approaching. The Death Panel is approaching.

unclesmrgol on December 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM

The only thing about this that irks me is the congressman (and Ed) believing this was another of those unintended consequences.

The PURPOSE of Obamacare was not to improve our health care system but to collapse it.

Labamigo on December 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Sick children don’t hire lobbyists, big pharma does.

txmomof6 on December 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

The only thing about this that irks me is the congressman (and Ed) believing this was another of those unintended consequences.

Labamigo on December 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence. Especially when it comes to Democrats.

unclesmrgol on December 9, 2010 at 2:46 PM

ObamaCare kills discount drug deals to childrens hospitals

He is competing with abortion.

rukiddingme on December 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Over the last 18 years, Congress has required drug manufacturers to provide discounts to a variety of health care providers

Why is congress REQUIRING drug manufacturers to provide discounts in the first place?

xblade on December 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM