THE GOVERNMENT WILL DETERMINE HOW MUCH YOUR LIFE IS WORTH
July 28, 2009
“I recommend that you seriously consider a “do not resuscitate” order, said the seemingly nice man in the white coat. “He has had a good long life, but he has diminishing quality of life. If, for instance, he has an infection or illness we could just provide comfort care for him.”
This was Traci's (my neighbor) first introduction to government controlled “health care”. The man he was suggesting unworthy of penicillin or CPR was her happy, loving father—a man who lit up the room with his smile and kind words, despite his dementia. A man who served his country in WWII and lived an honorable life. A man who was otherwise healthy and active.
The doctor then suggested that my neighbor's father possibly brought on the dementia by drinking, thereby, I suppose, further justifying that no further treatment should be wasted on him. It was, after all, his fault. He was never drunk and was never considered an alcoholic.
Traci looked at the doctor in horror. Yes, the Irishman with the twinkle in his eye enjoyed a few beers and an occasional shot of Jim Beam, but did that make him less valuable as a person? Did that place him in a different category in some government chart?
Comfort care? That is a nice way of saying, “We will withhold real treatment in order to save Medicare dollars”.
Traci fired that doctor and found another, but she realized how this mindset had permeated the medical system when her dad went into the hospital with a bladder and kidney infection. An emergency room doctor made similar comments. This doctor suggested that she did not need to feed her father now that he was unable to feed himself—in essence suggesting euthanasia for a man who simply had an infection treatable with antibiotics.
Traci looked squarely into this doctor's eyes and pronounced that she didn't believe in starving old people and ordered him to treat her father as if he was his father. She said that he was taken aback.
Her father's severe infection and high temperature resulted in his admittance, and he made great progress in the hospital. But he was discharged before he was free from infection because his temperature fell one tenth of one point below the Medicare guideline for staying in the hospital. Traci begged the doctor to keep him and asked why he fell under Medicare guidelines when he had Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Ford Motor Company retiree. The doctor insisted that Medicare ruled and that her father was safer outside of the hospital where he would be less likely to contract a secondary infection.
She did what most people do; She trusted the authoritative person in the white coat. It was a fatal mistake. The lingering infection killed him a few weeks later.
One of her family members is a caregiver in a nursing home. She recently recounted the story of a woman with Alzheimer's whose daughter signed an order forbidding the nursing home from feeding her. This woman still enjoyed walking the halls of the home and attending activities, but her disease robbed her of some functions, including the ability to eat on her own. She starved to death—a slow horrible death.
The health care legislation before Congress will codify neglect and abuse and either direct or indirect euthanizing of the elderly. We’ve already travelled too far down this road. We must turn back. Otherwise the Obamacare Plan will legalize governmental euthanasia. The bureaucrats in Washington will determine who gets to meet the Grim Reaper and when it is time.
Like the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer once said, when the dominoes begin to fall, unless there is a divine intervention, they will all fall. He referred to the legalization of Abortion, then comes euthanasia, then comes all other forms of life control from DNA realignment and cloning to taking away a person's very soul. It's the age of Superman and Man the Machine.
Government mandated euthanasia will move from the elderly who "have a civic duty to die" to those born with genetic defects (such as spin bifida, Downs' syndrome, etc.) to those who may not look like they are worthy to life (because they have red hair or brown eyes, or whatever parents (or the government) may contend is a problem that may burden society down the road. In reality, it's the Third Reich Revisited! Makes one wonder just who the real Nazi's are.
Having said this, I encourage you to read Jonah Goldberg's The Liberal Fascism. In a nutshell he documents that Fascism, and my extension Nazism, is a liberal cause (and cannot be called a worldview of the Conservative movement). Everything the dictators of these two systems practiced is completely in alignment with the liberal Democratic establishment.
Legalized euthanasia via the government health care program will be just one step from the Nazi concentration camps of the Third Reich. Speaker Goering (Pelosi), Senate Majority Leader Himmler (Reid); and Der Fuehrer Obama not withstanding, are bringing back the past with a vengeance.
This begs the question: If all life is not valued, then can any life be valued?
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