Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ObamaCare’s Death Panels

Today’s thread quotes an opinion held by Robert Reich. He is a professor at the University of California and held the position of Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton’s administration.

He is a typical Progressive political thinker, like President Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Here’s what he had to say about healthcare: “…we are going to have to, if you are very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive! So we’re going to let you die.”

Nice! This DOES support the idea that we are going to throw “grandma” under the bus after all. At least Reich has the guts to say it out loud and mean it!

All the current legislation contains some funding measures that eliminates Medicare funding in order to pay for the new entitlements being added at the other end of the plan. This is a polite way of letting seniors die. Consequently someone will have to make those decisions on who lives and who dies. Who receives the expensive treatments – or not? Call it whatever you want, but that’s a Death Panel!

Why screw seniors after they have paid into the system? Why change the whole system just to add under 15 Million new recipients? Why take control of the whole medical system in the United States? How are we going to REALLY pay for all of it? Why is Congress making medical decisions for all of us? Are they even remotely qualified? How can we add that many more new patients and not add new doctors or nurses? Won’t this create shortages? Won’t the shortages mandate rationing? Doesn’t ANYONE see this logic? Has anyone looked at the total failure of the government controlled healthcare system in Massachusetts? Do we want this to be our model?

Congress is blindly marching forward as if Americans have expressed their approval on their work. Polls indicate that over half do NOT favor any government controlled healthcare. In spite of this, Congress continues working on it? Why is this? Why does Congress want to control 1/6 of our economy? Will they be able to actually improve the service and treatments we get now?

This is NOT a crisis. Congress is moving quickly because they know that the mid-term elections may have a serious impact on their control in the House of Representatives and the US Senate. The sooner they pass something - the better. They can add to it later, like they always do – just like every other government controlled program. Their current estimates are predictably low. Is this what Americans want?

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