This column originally appeared on Townhall.com on January 13, 2010.
Think of the Christmas “just wait ’til I get my Hanes on you” bomber as a deadly disease in your body next time the topic of Obamacare is raised.
Despite having all the information needed, the U.S. government failed to catch the al Qaeda-trained terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, before he boarded the Detroit-bound plane with a high explosive hidden in his underwear.
The President summed up the failure to “connect the dots” that would have prevented Abdulmutallab from boarding flight 253:
“In sum, the U.S. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. Rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had.”
Do you trust Obamacare bureaucrats to “connect and understand” the medical intelligence necessary to catch your deadly disease in time?
Abdulmutallab wasn’t a rare and difficult “disease” to detect, and certainly not asymptomatic.
* Great Britain refused Abdulmutallab’s visa request last May, when it was discovered that he was applying to attend a non-existent college.
* According to Obama: “Our intelligence community had learned a great deal about the al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — that we knew that they sought to strike the United States and that they were recruiting operatives to do so.”
* Abdulmutallab’s concerned father “profiled” him to our state department officials in Nigeria as a “radicalized” Muslim on his way to Yemen. State Department officials didn’t discover that Abdulmutallab had a valid U.S. visa because they spelled his name incorrectly.
* Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian from a hot and humid climate, purchased a one-way ticket with nearly $3,000 cash to fly to Detroit in the dead of winter without any luggage. Apparently, the airline gate officials who allowed him to board the plane thought he intended to commit suicide in Detroit by hypothermia.
If Obama and his congressional conspirators are successful, the same government that failed to protect 288 passengers from Abdulmutallab will run and ruin the health care system for 320 million Americans.
Seriously, you do the math.
The Transportation Security Agency Web site indicates that there are fewer than 400,000 individuals on our terrorist watch lists:
According to the Terrorist Screening Center [a component of the FBI], there are less than 400,000 individuals on the consolidated terrorist watch list. Individuals on the no-fly and selectee lists are identified by law enforcement and intelligence partners as legitimate threats to transportation requiring either additional screening or prohibition from boarding an aircraft.
According to Obama, his intelligence agencies will have to master “the longer-term challenge of sifting through vast universes of intelligence and data in our Information Age.” If he considers a consolidated watch list of “less than 400,000 individuals” a “vast universe of intelligence and data,” how does he expect government analysts to “connect and understand” all of your medical information in an enormously larger universe of medical data including the medical records of 320 million other Americans?
Make that 319,999,465, since members of Congress refuse to trust their life and health to the same health care system they want to force on the rest of us.
How does the administration plan to develop and pay for the technology system to handle this ginormous universe of medical data since we don’t have the technology needed to correlate information in a data base of only 400,000 potential terrorists?
It’s a problem admitted in the “Summary of the White House Review of the December 25, 2009 Attempted Terrorist Attack”: “Information technology within the CT community did not sufficiently enable the correlation of data that would have enabled analysts to highlight the relevant threat information.”
Let’s suppose that Obamacare “medical” analysts do “connect” your medical dots. How do you feel about them profiling your age and “quality of life” to determine whether your disease is a high priority for effective treatment, or if you qualify only for pain pills, as Obama has suggested?
Think of it as the “You-Die” watch list, not the “Selectee” for treatment list.
Did I mention that Obamacare will leave the life and death rule making for treating your deadly disease in the hands of the Secretary of Health and Human Services? A lawyer, not a doctor, will decide what medical care should be covered by insurers as well as the terms and conditions of coverage and who should receive it.
If you’re not already feeling queasy, imagine your health care headache when the IRS is added to the bureaucratic bungle. Consider this from Byron York, writing for The Washington Examiner:
But if the plan envisioned by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats is enacted, the primary federal bureaucracy responsible for implementing and enforcing national health care will be an old and familiar one: the Internal Revenue Service….
Under the various proposals now on the table, the IRS would become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan; for finding and punishing those who don’t have such a plan; for subsidizing individual health insurance costs through the issuance of a tax credits; and for enforcing the rules on those who attempt to opt out, abuse, or game the system.
These are the “experts” who “answer” your tax questions, and then warn you that you can’t rely legally upon their advice. Talk about a lousy bedside manner.
Obama called the failure to stop Abdulmutallab “a systemic failure across organizations and agencies.”
Under Obamacare, the systemic failure will affect your body and health. Unless your doctor is willing to emulate the “flying Dutchman,” who took the bomber into his own hands, the doc will be your last line of medical defense, not your first.