Obama's End-of-Life Health Care Boards
Recently, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin received huge doses of criticism from left-wingers regarding her comments that Obama's "death boards" were "evil" and would make life and death decisions about individuals such as her son Trig, who has Down's syndrome. Even Rockefeller Republicans such as Fox News' anchor, Neil Cavuto, took her to task on his show yesterday by badgering a physician who was also concerned about such end-of-life boards. Indeed, Cavuto almost succeeded in getting her to condemn Governor Palin's remarks.
The problem for these Palin critics is that they have not read the statements of the key health care experts in the Obama administration who have said some truly frightful things or they have ignored such statements. Obama, himself, told an audience to look at the people he surrounds himself with if they want to determine how he will govern or words to that effect.
One of his top health care policy advisers, the brother of Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who is the health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Orwellian-named Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Dr. Emanuel has said that doctors are basically going to have to forget about their Hippocratic Oath and consider the greater good, i.e. social justice, rather than what is good for their patients. In other words, doctors in America are going to have to ration health care in order to be on the same page as Obama's "comparative effectiveness research" boards (or "death boards?")
The former Lieutenant Governor of the state of New York, Betsy McCaughey, in a "New York Post" column on July 24, 2009 said that "Emanuel, however, believes that 'communitarianism' should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those 'who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia' (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. '96)."
So, is Governor Sarah Palin wrong in being alarmed about such possible "death boards"? Obama, in an appearance on April 28, 2009, was concerned about all the money the old people are soaking up in health care costs, such as the fact that seniors take up to 80% of America's health care costs. He falsely said that "We have the AARP on board," even though the AARP has not endorsed Obamacare, probably because they have been frightented by the overwhelming backlash of its members against Obamacare.
No wonder the preponderance of citizens showing up at congressional town-hall meetings this month are senior citizens. They have the same concerns as Governor Palin. Only they are worried about the rationing which is destined for them if Barack Obama has his way in establishing universal socialized health care in this country.