We admit, we didn’t watch the ABC infomercial. But we did read the transcript.
If you take nothing else away from the discussion it’s these two things:
First, Dr. Orrin Devinsky, an epilepsy specialist asked Obama if this all goes through and the First Family participates in the socialized healthcare plan, and the First Lady became seriously ill, if the doctors told him that there was a procedure that should be pursued, but it’s not covered under the socialized healthcare plan, what would he do? Obama responded, “if it’s my family member, it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.”
In other words, “All of the animals are equal, but some of the animals are more equal than others.”
This rings especially true when you realize that there is a clause in the bill that Teddy Kennedy has his name on that permits an exemption for members of Congress from being forced into the socialized healthcare system, and prevents them from having to pay taxes on their own healthcare. This little perk is reminiscent of the fact that members of Congress have their own retirement plan, and neither pay Social Security taxes, nor have to retire on Social Security “benefits.” Is it any wonder Social Security is so broken?
Second is perhaps the most important part of the entire infomercial. The following statement by Barack Obama completely sums up how the proposed nationalized healthcare system would work (emphasis added):
“[…] we’re not going to solve every difficult problem in terms of end-of-life care. A lot of that is going to have to be, we as a culture and as a society starting to make better decisions within our own families and for ourselves. But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that’s not making anybody’s mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”
So “we as a society” need to decide the proper way to care for you the individual. The individual will no longer have rights, the individual will no longer be able to choose for themselves “surgery or painkiller.” Society will choose for you. A bureaucrat in an air-conditioned office in Washington D.C., with the finest healthcare taxpayer dollars can buy, will decide if you’re too old, too sick, too feeble, or too “useless” to get that life-saving chemotherapy, that pacemaker that extends your life another 15 years, or that liver transplant that keeps you alive long enough to see your great-grandchild be born.
Is that what we want? Some stuffed suit to decide what kind of treatment you’re allowed to have, and if you’re even allowed to have it? Before you answer, just remember: some day you too will fall under the government’s criteria of “too old”, “too weak”, or “too sick.”
Call your representatives, and keep the pressure on them.