The View From 1776
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Democrat/Socialists Support Bureaucrats’ Right to Kill You
When Republicans attempted to insert language into President Obama’s national socialist healthcare bill to prevent bureaucrats from killing senior citizens and the seriously ill by denying them medical treatment, Democrat/Socialists rejected it.
Read Wesley Pruden’s Peddling the Edsel when nobody’s buying.
“In addition to being fiscally unsustainable,” says Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, a Republican, “the health care reform plan emerging from Democrats in Congress raises disturbing questions for our nation’s seniors. One particular provision in the Democratic bill has seniors worried, and rightly so. A new Center for Health Outcomes and Evaluation could ration access to medicines and treatments based on the government’s assessment of the value of a human life and the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of treatment.”
The bland, lifeless language of the legislation hides the eventual purpose of the authors, which is to authorize rationing of health care for the sick, the elderly and the hopelessly ill. The sponsors of the legislation insist that only paranoid geezers are dumb enough to believe stuff like this, but when Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a Republican, introduced an amendment specifically insuring that the Center for Health Outcomes and Evaluation (obviously named by the ghost of Orwell) could never put a value on a life by measuring it against bureaucratic “quality of life” and “cost-effectiveness” standards, it was rejected by a party-line vote. Such end-of-life measurements are routinely employed in European countries with socialized medicine, observes Sen. Brownback, where “elderly, disabled and medically dependent patients would be at greatest risk of being denied necessary care.”