Despite a pandemic, persistent concerns about inflation and empty shelves brought on by a supply chain crisis, the hard-left elements controlling the Biden administration remain fixated on establishing as policy that America is a racist nation — see critical race theory. Then again, such an effort follows the Democratic Party’s well-worn script of first declaring a crisis — in this case, painting America as a racist nation — to then implement radical changes to the system.
Under new Department of Health and Human Services rules, the administration will offer bonuses to doctors who “create and implement an anti-racism plan,” according to The Washington Free Beacon. The move to update Medicare payments reportedly being to “reflect changes in medical practice.”
“Effective Jan. 1, Medicare doctors can boost their reimbursement rates by conducting ‘a clinic-wide review’ of their practice’s ‘commitment to anti-racism,'” the Free Beacon reported. “The plan should cover ‘value statements’ and ‘clinical practice guidelines,’ according to HHS, and define race as ‘a political and social construct, not a physiological one’—a dichotomy many doctors say will discourage genetic testing and worsen racial health disparities.”
Thus, taxpayer dollars are being used as an incentive to buy compliance to the radical left’s race-based doctrine, as the new rules state the “rationale” for the bonus is that “it is important to acknowledge systemic racism as a root cause for differences in health outcomes between socially-defined racial groups.”
The new bonus scheme “follows a series of steps by the Biden administration to integrate ‘anti-racism’ into government policy: in November, for example, the Department of Homeland Security listed ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ as one of its top two priorities, ahead of ‘cybersecurity,'” the Free Beacon further reported.
It also rewards doctors for “trauma-informed care,” which seeks to “avoid re-traumatizing or triggering past trauma.”
Such premises have found a receptive ear in the Oval Office. Hours after his inauguration, President Joe Biden signed an executive order launching a “whole-of-government equity agenda.” The new bonus scheme, HHS stresses, is “consistent with” this order.
— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) December 16, 2021
Here’s more from the Free Beacon:
The new rules update Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, a scoring rubric that determines eligible doctors’ reimbursement rates. Congress set up that system in 2015 to reward clinicians for high-quality, cost-effective medical care—and to penalize them for providing unnecessary, costly services.
Doctors had been billing Medicare for services “regardless of how necessary they were,” said Chris Pope, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute who worked on the legislation as a Hill fellow. Sold as a way of controlling costs, the payment reform passed with broad bipartisan support.
“Republicans who voted for [the scoring system] weren’t voting for this,” Pope explained. “The idea that this would be used as a tool of racial policy never came up.”
Social media users are clearly onto the ruse here to push critical race theory as policy… here’s a small sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Thread. The notion that Biden is a moderate should be retired. Rewarding doctors to ignore biology and science in favor of social constructionism is an extremist woke project. It has nothing to do with health. https://t.co/VaVrA8a8KY
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) December 16, 2021
Yikes. You thought CRT was bad in schools? Just wait until they triage you based on the color of your skin. https://t.co/YPvb4ip6Ph
— JCrow (@jlc225) December 16, 2021
Now the Biden Administration wants to bring Critical Race Theory to medicine?
— Richard Serani (@Rich_Serani) December 17, 2021
One of the dumbest things the admin has done yet. Wow.
— Axeman Makes Guitars (@axeman206) December 16, 2021
This flies in the face of the ethos of medicine completely. You can’t do medicine from a social construct. I would never trust a doctor who implements this – not for anything related to my health whatsoever
— (((Rachel Kaplan))) (@RachelMiniK) December 17, 2021
This is crap and has zero role in medicine and science. The more “woke” policies they try and implement, the faster these idiots get swept out of office (and the larger the margin) and rightfully so.
— Bet on Darwin (@plattira) December 16, 2021
“Hey, doc, I fell and broke my arm.”
“Have you ever used any of the following words, in anger or even in jest? Just put a check next to those that apply.”
“Dude, my arm’s broken!”
“Why are you resisting our efforts to create a more equitable society?”
— John Walsh. No, not THAT one. (@jswriter65) December 17, 2021
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