Debt Ceiling deal could endanger health care law - and it would be beneficial if health IT/HITECH were part of the trimmings

A story about the recent political deal to raise the Debt Ceiling entitled "Deal could endanger health care law" appeared in the Politico (hat tip Drudge Report):

Deal could endanger health care law


The debt ceiling agreement could jeopardize millions of dollars, and perhaps billions, in initiatives from President Barack Obama’s health care reform law if the super committee can’t come up with required spending cuts.

Many of the pots of money in the law — one of the Democrats’ most prized pieces of legislation — could get trimmed by the debt deal’s sequestration, or triggered cuts. The funds for prevention programs and community health centers, grants to help states set up insurance exchanges and co-ops, and money to help states review insurance rates could be slashed across the board if the panel can’t find enough cuts this fall.

My suggestion:

Put health IT and the HITECH Act (the health IT component that 'somehow' found its way into the fantastically-successful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) on the table.

Health IT devices are medical devices that are dangerous, unregulated and unproven (e.g., see 'Reading List' here) in their current state of development and lawless environment.

Cutting HIT funding probably would be beneficial in avoiding waste as well.

Note what just occurred in the UK: