Sarah Palin has made the phrase "death panels" part of the national lexicon. Sarah brought to light the fact that any time you have a government take over of health care, you will have rationing of services, and someone in government, a nameless, faceless drone, will decide who gets life saving treatments and who is deemed "unworthy." Sarah has called this "downright evil," and we agree.
The new 2000 page PelosiCare fiasco takes 22 pages to set up the structure for these "death panels." (Pages 739-760) The "Comparative Effectiveness Panels" will be made up of doctors, bureaucrats, and experts on "health economics."
It doesn’t explicitly give government the power to dictate treatments. In fact, it does explicitly say that federal officers cannot dictate them, but findings by this panel will be used as baselines for payment by insurers, including the federal government, when it comes to deciding what options for treatment are available to whom. After all, comparative effectiveness is explicitly a rationing process.
Rationing, by definition, will lead to certain people who are deemed "past their usefulness to society" being denied life saving health care. Those coming up with the criteria for this are indeed "death panels."
Read the whole 2000 page bill here.
As frightening as "death panels" are, this is just the start of what a run away Big Government nanny state can do to you. Once you let the Statist in, you are stuck with him, and he is not a nice guest.
This story comes from the United Kingdom, which has some of the poorest health care in the civilized world. The people are at their wit’s end, and the country is trying to figure out how to get away from their public system, their government controlled behemoth, and revert back to a system that makes sense.
Just how bad is the Big Government mess over there? Well, now their "death panels" are determining who is allowed to marry, and who is not. Who is allowed to have children, and who is not.
Hitler and Mengele would be proud. So would Chairman Mao.
From the Brussels Journal:
Kerry Robertson, 17, and Mark McDougall, 25, haven’t broken any law. But they are on the run from the authorities, and from their home in Dunfermline, Scotland.
Less than eight weeks ago the couple were excitedly planning their wedding. They had booked church ceremony for the 5th of September, a Saturday. She had already chosen and bought her wedding dress. They had bought the rings, and invited 20 guests. Two days before the big day, however, social services told them that their wedding would have to be cancelled. Fife Council wrote a letter, objecting to the marriage, to Dunfermline Register Office, who consequently refused to marry the couple.
Social services claim Kerry cannot understand what marriage means, because she has learning difficulties. They are mild, it seems. She is able to read and write, and is going to college to "catch up." Her partner Mark told the Daily Mail: "'I didn't even know she had learning difficulties until we'd been dating for two months."
Kerry is 29 weeks pregnant – with a boy they have named Ben. "Although Ben isn't born yet," Kerry says, "I already love my baby and know I will be a good mum. Mark and I talk to him inside me every day and tell him we love him. We've already bought him clothes and my cousin, who recently had a baby, has handed down a beautiful crib for him."
Social services say that Kerry – a college student – isn’t intelligent enough to bring up her child with Mark. They plan to allow the couple only a few hours with Ben after he is born. Then Ben will be taken from Kerry and Mark, and placed with foster parents.
Let’s think about this for a minute.
Here are a couple of young kids in love. They were excited and planning a nice wedding, when all of a sudden, a Big Government drone steps in and through their own "expertise" decides they are not fit to be parents because the girl is a little "slow."
Under those guidelines, if adopted in America, would Barack Obama be allowed to keep his kids? I mean this is the guy that thought he had traveled to 57 states on the campaign, and had 1 or 2 to go. Would that make Obama a little "slow" in the eyes of the almighty bureaucrat?
Can you imagine?
This story isn’t something that happened in Hitler’s Nazi Germany or Chairman Mao’s Red China, this is happening right now in Scotland, a supposed free nation.
These aren’t mentally defective kids. The girl, Kerry, is in college for goodness sake!
Now I realize having a college "education" doesn’t equal smart, and certainly doesn’t guarantee common sense or ability, I mean look at the Ivy League buffoons who we have in charge of things now. Educated well above their intelligence, that’s for damned sure!
With that being said, just how "slow" could Kerry be if she managed to get herself in college?
Now I know, you are saying: "This is America, it can’t happen here." Uh huh, we were saying the same thing about ObamaCare and PelosiCare just a day ago!
The same people who are bringing you "death panels" here in America, and who knows what else are EXACTLY the people who will tell you who to marry and whether or not you will be allowed to keep your child.
Remember, Obama’s "Science Czar," John Holdren, thinks our Constitution gives the government the right to force you to have an abortion! Margaret Sanger is probably looking up from her Klu Klux Klan or Planned Parenthood meeting in hell, with great approval.
These people who will bring you "death panels" are the same people who have forced trans fats out of restaurants "for our own good." These purveyors of tyranny are the ones who have forced people to stop smoking cigarettes, a legal product, almost everywhere, including in some cases, their own homes.
These nanny staters who will run you "health care" are the people who are trying to tax soda water and other soft drinks and juices in order to get you to "modify your habits," you know, "for your own good." They also want to tax fast food, and even regulate where these eatin’ joints are allowed, again, for your own good, because well, you didn’t go to Harvard, and you are obviously too "slow." to get it!
Wait a minute, didn’t our "president" go to Harvard? Not a ringing endorsement for higher education, is it?
As Thomas Jefferson once said: "Any government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have." That includes all of your liberties and freedoms. You know, like the freedom to get married and have a baby.
One should also reflect long and hard these words by Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would sacrifice their freedom for temporary security deserve neither."
You have a choice to make, right here, right now. Are you going to allow this government to pass this unconstitutional monstrosity known as Obama/Pelosi care, and lose every single ounce of your liberty and freedom, or are you going to fight these maniacal communists with your dying breath to retain your freedom and liberty, and the liberty of all of the future generations to follow?
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.