My mother is very upset.
She called this evening telling me every time she hears anything about this "Kill the Elderly Stimulus Plan" she starts having a-fibs. She is very fragile. In other words, once this new medical program is put into place, she will be one of the first "they" will decide not to bother saving.
What gives a government official the right to decide who lives and who is to die?
One wonders what thoughts must be going on in the minds of people like Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle, Barack Obama, and even our three treacherous Republicans who voted for the Kill the Elderly Stimulus Bill. How can a decent human being even conceptualize something like what just passed in the United States Senate?
There is nothing wrong with updating the way medical records are transferred and maintained. In fact, it is something that truly needs to be done. Trust me, I know. With my mother's cardiac condition, we end up in the ER at least once every three or four months. Every time we go to the ER, we end up doing the same paperwork over and over and over and over (you get the picture) again. Using some modern technology just makes sense. We could probably save enough to give a few million senior citizens some life-saving technology.
The whole thing reeks of “communism." In other words, according to the Daschle version, from each to each. The elderly have already lived long enough to pay their taxes, many of them having been forced to hand over several million dollars over a lifetime, if they are even moderately successful in life.
I keep going back to the questions: Why destroy one of the best medical systems the world has ever known? Why doom Americans to mediocre care? Why curtail medical research? And most importantly, what gives the Democrats the audacity to think they now have the power to decide who lives and who is to die?
There are no logical answers other than that Democrats want everyone to have not much of anything. They want to perpetrate their hold on everything and keep people almost enslaved in entitlements and perpetuate a Democratic majority forever.
Currently there are about 45 million Americans who are uninsured. The CBO estimates there will be approximately 54 million in 2019. While there are a majority of people in that number who are begging for insurance, there are a goodly number of young adults who simply do not see the need for insurance yet. They are immortal. Many also do not see the need to fork over the money for something they see as a total waste.
I was like that.
I was at least 35 before I had any form of health insurance. Yes, I could afford it, but I did not want to waste the money. I was and still am as “healthy as an ox.” I have a feeling if those 45 million uninsured souls could be polled, many if not most would come up with the same answer as I had at a younger age. Why bother throwing all that money away on nothing?
It was only after my parents managed to convince me I needed catastrophic health and accident that I relented and had a bare-bones policy written. I only took antihistamines, so why bother with prescription drugs? I had (and still have) a dentist phobia, so why bother with dental? Cancer did not run in the family.
I ended up having an in situ melanoma removed, but spent less on that than my deductible allowed. I always went for the high dollar deductibles. The only time I ever tried filing was when I broke my ankle while in Chicago. The claim was denied because by then I’d broken so many bones they were not going to cover anything orthopedic. (The reason I’ve broken so many bones is because I’m a total and complete klutz!)
My mother is a different story. She has been in and out of various hospitals with miscellaneous “female” and cardiac problems since I was in the sixth grade. Over the years she has been dropped by a number of carriers because it became to expensive to cover her. This past cardiac incident, where her heart literally stopped twice, ended up costing over a million bucks. Her AARP supplement covered everything but about $5000 at the most.
Simply because my mother had the misfortune to have an ovarian cyst rupture and nearly die of peritonitis and require over a dozen subsequent surgeries is no reason to put her on a proscribed, "just let her die" list. Her cardiac problems are hereditary. But I’m not sure if that was the cause of the latest problems. In fact, I have reason to suspect some osteoporosis medication was responsible for the fact that her heart stopped, but that’s another article.
She has a pacemaker. She will be 78 in a few weeks. She has 15 percent bone density. Does this give the Democrats the right to declare that she simply needs to roll over and die?
My father is 84. He’s in decent enough health. Genetically both parents have longevity on their side. Will this help the Democrats’ bean counters decide that they may live longer than most senior citizens and give ‘em life-sustaining medication?
Or, will they be allowed to purchase health insurance and pay for their own care? If so, there goes the new house. If the new house goes, then our Democratic contractor (who voted for Obama) will lose the contract. Then, a half dozen of his employees will be needing to seek other jobs. Oh, wait, Obama will provide for them.
In a column in the Canadian Free Press, Sher Zieve brings up another chilling aspect of the new Kill the Elderly Stimulus Bill. Because a political appointee who will have the “administrative” position of determining who will and will not be treated, medically, will they use it to officially “silence” the opposition? It is far-fetched and slightly paranoid, bur right now I’m starting to feel a little paranoid.
My mother is on the phone again, telling me that she had to make my father turn the news off. Just watching it was causing her to have some serious problems with her heart. She said she is terrified if they put this Kill the Elderly Stimulus Bill into law, she will be one of the first people the Democrats basically “murder”.
I could get a little hot under the collar about this one. I hope you will do the same.
They also want to limit critical care and experimental medicine. I guess that puts me on the “let ‘em die” list. I’m overweight, no longer “young”, and have had one melanoma incident. Statistics say I will have another. We are on the brink of a cure for melanoma. I gather the Kill the Elderly Stimulus Bill will put an end to that and to me.
Then there’s my mother’s younger sister. She has a very rare cancer, and is doing experimental meds. They basically now have a "cure" for her cancer. When diagnosed five years ago, she was given three years to live. They now say she will not die — of cancer. But she must continue with her medication. Will that now be withheld and will she be allowed to die?
My “sister” Alicia has lupus. What will her quality of life be? My cousin Jim has had a bone marrow transplant for his leukemia. So far so good. But, under the Kill the Elderly Stimulus Bill he would be dead by now.
My cousin Julia was in a freak accident last summer. She was left partially paralyzed. What will happen to her? Will Raymona be allowed to go blind because she is doing experimental treatment for her macular degeneration?
If Kill the Elderly were the law of the land 10 years ago, my father would now be dead. So would my mother. As a matter of fact, so, probably, would I.
You know, it is a great way to control the population of the United States, just deny life-giving medical treatment to almost everyone. One of these days we will be down to negative population growth – just like the environmental freaks want.
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