President Obama suggested at a town hall event
Wednesday night that
one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately
futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't
stand to gain from the extra care.
Read that again. Obama was subtly promoting euthanasia...
In a nationally televised event at the White House,
families need better information so they don't unthinkingly approve
"additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not
necessarily going to improve care."
He added: "Maybe you're better off not having the
surgery, but taking the painkiller.
Or maybe, President Obama, the decision should be left to the patient
and patient's family?
This prime-time ratings fiasco was hosted by ABC News, with 164 invited
guests, pre-screened questions, and no rebuttal time for the opposing
view on Obama's rationed healthcare boondoggle. Thus, this was no
The audience - which included doctors, patients,
students and people with ailing relatives - clearly was unhappy with
the current healthcare system. Gibson asked for a show of hands to see
how many wanted to leave the system unchanged. No one raised a hand.
This was a set up. It was not media reporting, it was an unpaid
Gregg Cunningham of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform blog had this to
say about Obama's ominous comments during the "propaganda special
Who will decide whether "you're better off" without
Not your doctor but Mr. Obama. Does Mr. Obama really know "who is about
to die" and who "don't stand to gain" from extra care? And what care is
"extra?" As usual, Mr. Obama illustrates his point with a very
dishonest, false dilemma. Of course you don't do a hip replacement on
his very elderly grandmother whose very aggressive and terminal cancer
meant she might not have survived the surgery. But the type of
treatment decisions often criticized by rationing radicals are seldom
Mr. Obama is willing to interfere in the
relationship between a
doctor and his patient when the doctor is trying to save a life but not
when the doctor is trying to take a life. Is this the most anti-life
president in American history?
And this, from the Canada Free Press:
But who is it that will present the "evidence" that
that further care is futile? Are we to believe that Obama expects
individual doctors will make that decision in his bold new government
controlled healthcare future? If he is trying to make that claim, it is
a flat out untruth and he knows it....
... [N]o doctor will be deciding if you are too old
or infirm to
get medical care. It will be a medically untrained bureaucrat that sets
a national rule that everyone will have to obey. There won't be any
room for your grandma to have a different outcome than anyone else's....
Ah, but we are told that Obama's ideas on healthcare
"evolving"... [o]riginally, he said it was "healthcare for all," but...
it seems he's "evolved" to say that only those worth the bother should
get healthcare. The rest should be left to die and/or suffer....
And whatever happened to the left's mantra that
healthcare is a
"right" and that money should never enter into a life or death
decision? Now The One is saying it's just too darn expensive to save
the old and infirm.
Date: June 29, 2009
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