My previous blog warned that the stealfromus package is even worse regarding
health care than it is regarding what effectively will be the end of
Here is a column by Austin Hill at www.townhall.com, that explains what I'm
talking about. The bold print is mine:
Democrats, Health Care "Reform,"
And Your "Duty To Die"
Welcome to the Era of Obama. You now have
a duty to die.
I'm not saying that someday you will die (that's a
And I'm not saying that you should be given the
"right to die" - - the freedom to take your own life, or to direct your Doctor
to put you out of your misery - - that's something entirely different.
I'm saying that someday, if current trends
continue, your United States Government will determine that you have a duty,
an obligation, to die.
Its bad enough that hundreds of
congressional members voted to spend nearly one trillion of our dollars, without
even reading the so-called economic stimulus bill and without knowing fully
what our money is being spent on. Its even more horrific to know that more of
our tax dollars are being allocated to the Office Of Health Information and
Technology, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, and that
the bill also provides for the beginnings of a nationwide health records
database that will track the healthcare of every person in the country.
As recently as last Monday, President Obama was
praising the nationalization of health records, and the conversion of health
records to electronic formats, noting that managing electronic data is less
costly than managing hardcopy documents. But unfortunately, the creation of a
nationalized health records database also creates another means of cost
cutting - - namely, the denial of medical treatments to severely ill and
Language in the health care sections of
the stimulus bill stipulates that the Department of H.H.S. will
provide appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and
place of care, and also allows for penalties to be assessed to physicians who
spend too much on individual patients. Essentially, we now have the beginnings
of a governmental agency that eventually will, by force of law, determine which
persons will be eligible for health care, and what treatment they will receive.
As noted in a recent Bloomberg news article, the
way in which the Office Of Health Information and Technology is being expanded
emulates the plans put forth in Critical: What We Can Do About The Health Care
Crisis, a book authored by former Senator (and would-be HHS Secretary) Tom
Daschle. In the book, Daschle praises the Western European nations for, among
other things, the ways in which they have nationalized health care, and have
contained health care costs.
Yet, not surprisingly, Western Europes
utopian ambitions to insure everybody and make healthcare free have by no
means been realized. In fact, the nationalizing of healthcare in Europe has led
to worsening government deficits, and increased healthcare costs, and efforts to
contain those costs have resulted in the denial of treatment to those persons
not expected to live much longer - - that is, the elderly and the seriously ill.
This need to deny people health care has
frequently, in Europe, been cast in terms of ones duty to die. The
idea is that, once you have lived long enough; after you have consumed your
fair share of the earths resources; and when your combined age and health
conditions make it obvious that further efforts to prolong your life just
simply arent worth it; you will then have a responsibility to accept these
consequences, and to accept that youll just have to get along without
In other words, once a government employee
has determined that spending healthcare resources on you will not produce much
of a return on the investment, you will then have a duty to die.
Forget the notion that the Doctor-patient
relationship is sacred, or that you will make private decisions about your
health care, in consultation with your Doctor. If Democrats continue the trend
of "Europeanizing" our American health care, the office of the National
Coordinator of Health Information Technology will eventually be overseeing your
healthcare, making sure that if your Doctor spends too much on you, they will
face federal penalties, the likes of which have yet to be fully defined.
For over three decades, the Democratic Party has
insisted that it is wrong for government to interfere with a womans medical
decisions with respect to the child in the womb. Now, President Obama and
congressional Democrats are insisting that government must be involved in
everybodys medical decisions. Worse yet, their proposals threaten human life on
yet another front: not only are unborn children threatened by their policies,
but so, also, are the ill and the elderly.
If Americans continue voting for more government
as a means to cure all our societal ills, we will continue to move closer to
the point where anonymous government bureaucrats determine when you have lived
long enough, when you have consumed your fair share of resources, and when
it is obvious that you wont live much longer.
President Obama and the Democratic Congress are
determined to take us to this point.
Did you realize this was in the steafromus package? I bet a lot of you
didn't. You do now.
Did you realize just how chock full of programs it is that have
nothing to do with stimulating the economy but are quantum leaps toward a
welfare state in which government bureaucracy oversees our everyday live?
You do now?
Did you realize that this legislation brings us significantly closer to the
day when someone sitting at a desk far away can override your doctor's diagnosis
and treatment? You do now.
This is what was just passed by the Democrats (I say Democrats instead of
congress because, with three exceptions out of over 200, not one Republican in
either house would put his/her name on it).
The electorate wanted one-party government?
This is what it got. I hope we're all deliriously happy over it.
Because it will be two years before we can do anything about