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Cold Chills and Assisted Suicide: Why Every Senior Must Oppose Democrats’ Health Care Plans

posted at 7:20 pm on June 22, 2009 by

The gargantuan “Stimulus” bill passed by Democrats sight unseen ordered the creation of a “federal medical database of every American by 2014.”

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (pages 445, 454 and 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.

It also establishes a “National Coordinator of Health Information Technology” to monitor the database.

This coordinator will have the ability to verify that “doctors are using treatments that are federally approved and cost effective.”

The goal is to manage costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).

The stimulus bill calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal that is described by Tom Daschle’s book — which serves as the Democrats’ blueprint — is to slow the development and use of new technologies and drugs because they drive up costs.

Daschle praises Europeans for accepting “hopeless diagnoses”; he also criticizes Americans for expecting world-class treatment from the U.S. health-care system.

Daschle admits in his book that Socialized Medicine “will not be pain-free”. He insists that Seniors should accept the aging process and forgo expensive treatments.

Quite simply, the elderly will suffer most.

How do we know this? We have many examples from Canada and the UK where access to medical technologies is carefully restricted and rationed.

But we can see it in this country as well. Oregon’s socialized medical program is an utter disaster. Just days ago, it was discovered that Oregon’s health plan covers covers assisted suicide, but not drugs, for certain cancer patients. The drugs are too expensive, but the suicide is deemed cost-effective.

What’s next? Euthanasia of the elderly? It’s not far-fetched. Euthanasia is legal in the Democrat utopia of Holland, where socialized medicine has become expert at rationing care.

There are more damning ramifications of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, which will decide the treatments you should get, who should get them, and whether they should be made available at all.

Using the “comparative effectiveness” (CE) approach, virtually every country with nationalized health care routinely denies patients life-saving medical treatments because of out-of-control costs.

In Britain, CE is specifically employed as a deadly tool to deny advanced drugs to patients suffering with breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis under the banner of cost.

How do we know that the Democrats plan the same thing for their “Comparative Effectiveness” research?

A recent proposed amendment prohibited the use of CE research to deny coverage of health care treatments under any federal health care program. The amendment required “that comparative effectiveness research take into account [Page: S4127] the individuals and their treatment responses and their preferences, and it [protected] doctor and patient sovereignty over health care decisions.”

In short, the amendment would “expressly forbid Medicare and other federal health programs from using results of comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage of any treatments.”

The amendment — to protect American Seniors — was defeated on a straight party line. All Democrats voted against protecting American Seniors and instead supported the creation of a deadly health care-rationing bureaucracy; all Republicans voted the other way.

Every Senior in America should shudder in fear. With Democrat Socialized Medicine, assisted suicide is a certainty and euthanasia may be in the cards as well.

And where is the AARP? Too busy raking in dough from its various affinity programs, it would seem, to be all that concerned with the fate of its members.

In fact, Seniors should boycott the AARP until it puts its members first.

And they should call their representatives in Washington to oppose Democrat socialized medicine. To not do so would be — quite literally — suicidal.

Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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The amendment — to protect American Seniors — was defeated on a straight party line. All Democrats voted against protecting American Seniors and instead supported the creation of a deadly health care-rationing bureaucracy; all Republicans voted the other way.

But… but… it’s the democrats who really care about people, right? They feel our pain… [I wish they really did.]

Daggett on June 22, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Freaking Daschle…I was patting my states voters on the back for not reelecting this moron. Turns out we may have done something far worse.

proudteadrinker on June 22, 2009 at 10:24 PM

It’s Obama’s (and Nancy’s) Trojan Horse. There are grim intentions behind and in what they’re attempting.

If you can only trust a very few people in your life, then never trust the Democrats when they use the words, “healthcare” — because it doesn’t mean they CARE about YOUR health, it just means they’ve lobbed onto yet another one of those emotionally squishy words that they can use to manipulate their bad intentions upon a gullible public.

My issues with Obama, specifically, is that he’s lectured (call it another performance) about (I’ll paraphrase) how it is he says that this “healthcare” plan of his/Democrats DOESN’T represent national healthcare or the government ‘running’ healthcare, but, in fact, that’s exactly what his/their plan means.

Obama’s relying on people being very stupid and enthralled with him and his performances to not notice that he’s speaking jibberish in this regard (as with so many other issues). His “big fancy word” speak snows over many people who are otherwise too enraptured with a talented actor to understand what the actor is actually saying.

Lourdes on June 23, 2009 at 5:24 AM

No Democrat has yet to define, specifically, just what this “crises” of healthcare actually is. It’s a crises, apparently, because and only because they say it is.

Lourdes on June 23, 2009 at 5:25 AM

iran &Nok are bad issues–no kidding. but Congress hasn’t ceased to strip our country & its Constitution while we’ve been watching events on the world stage.

call, write, email. have a “sit-in” at your congressman’s local office.

kelley in virginia on June 23, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Recently in Virginia, a hacker attempted to blackmail the state gov’t. after compromising the state’s electronic database tracking everybody’s prescriptions. This points out yet another issue w/ the Feds’ CE/rationing database.

Two possible ‘counterattacks’…

One, at the state level, require ALL electronic medical records be kept in an encrypted form WITH ONLY THE PATIENT HOLDING THE ENCRYPTION KEY! I would expect one would unlock their records at their doctors’ office, for use by their doctor. Anyone other then your primary care physician would have to specifically request you to unlock the data. I, for one, would NEVER, under any circumstances, unlock it for any part of the Federal Gov’t.

Two, (and this is something that should already be done against insurance companies), any bureaucrat without an MD that attempts to impose restrictions on medical care should immediately be charged under existing laws for practicing medicine without a license.

fyzycyst on June 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Hmmmm, seems like Obama REALLY liked the movie “Logan’s Run”

el hombre on June 25, 2009 at 6:53 AM