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Whether or not grandma is run over by a reindeer, Obamacare death panels will finish her off

“Spooky Dudes” behind end-of-life Medicare “incentives”:

– Dr. Donald M. Berwick, Obama’s recess-appointed administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. An admitted Marxist and cheerleader for British socialized medicine, Dr. Berwick signed the new Medicare rule and has long argued for “end-of-life planning.”

– The Chief Spooky Dude himself: President Barack Obama. Obama kept this insidious regulation a secret and is more insistent of grandma facing a grinning doctor death panel than defending anything that makes America great. Imagine if this man fought for liberty as fervently as he obviously fought for this onerous issue and other visions of his American dystopian future.

– Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, a vocal proponent of government involvement in end-of-life treatment. Blumenauer’s office celebrated the end-of-life move by Obama yet spookily expressed the need to “keep things quiet” in an email from his office (excerpted from the New York Times below):

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

First, note the need to keep this private in order to avoid alarming the public.

Second, note that Blumenauer’s office clearly sees in the new Republican Congress a threat to modify or reverse Obama’s death panel regulation and perhaps Obamacare itself.

Let us make certain that the first concern of Blumenauer’s office transpires and that we scream from rooftops to inform the public of this incredible backdoor infringement. Let us also hope that the 112th Congress has not only the sense but the intellectual bravery and legislative backbone to perform the most important thing that it was sent to Washington to do: defund and snuff out the historical mistake that is Obamacare. In doing so, the 112th will ensure that grandma (and all of us, eventually) aren’t defunded or conveniently snuffed out as well.

It is simply breathtaking to witness the brevity of those who so loathe and despise the invisible hand on one hand and so insistently embrace the statist finger-waving in your face with the other hand.

Always watch the other hand.

Tim Daniel is a small business owner and entrepreneur who currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and lovely cat. He is editor in chief of the southern California-based Left Coast Rebel blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trestin-Meacham/606333587 Trestin Meacham

    I fear will are moving closer to the nightmare that Shaw envisioned.

  • Lilac Sunday

    And then there is Spooky Dude Ezekiel Emmanuel, Rahm’s brother, who has advised Obama on healthcare issues and who developed the infamous “Reaper Curve,” according to whiich healthcare spending will focus on people between 20 and 50, with steep drop-offs in spending and care for those 55 and older.

    Perhaps that guidance was behind Obama’s complaint that people with chronic illnesses and those at the end of their lives account for 80% of healthcare spending. Obama is the compassionate leader who, upon hearing how a woman’s elderly mother benefitted from aggressive care and surgery at an advanced age, and was still going strong at over 100 years old, suggested that perhaps children can talk their elderly parents out of surgery and offer them painkillers instead.

    The Left is trying to spin the resurrection of the death panels by insisting they were a feature of Bush administration policy. Perhaps, but human life was sacred under the Bush administration. In the Obama administration, it’s hard to say which they disregard more; human life in the womb, or human life in the twilight of its years, requiring expensive care.

  • IMcasualcat

    Currently doctors have a vested interest in extending life under any circumstances. When the patient dies they stop getting paid.
    I watched all of this unfold when brain cancer struck my family. During most of her illness the doctors were very willing to keep operating even though there is no cure.
    Because of their unwillingness to discuss it … she never came to terms with the end … nor would she allow me or anyone in my family discuss the end … as she was convinced the Dr’s and Jesus would save her.

  • RetAF

    End of life counselling does not preclude the PATIENTS ability (for now) to decide how much intervention they desire.

    I thought that “death panels” referred to the NIH which established a governing body (similar to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the UK)to determine which treatments would be covered by Medicare. Using the principle of quality-adjusted life year (QALY), some elderly or disabled patients might not qualify for chemotherapy, joint replacement, etc. This would essentially remove the decision from the patient and physician.

    Should an 80 year old with diabetes and heart disease get in line in front of a healthy 60 year old for joint replacement? Well, currently they both can have surgery. But if the single payer system is enacted in the US(the Dems stated goal) it will become a zero sum game. My ex’s grandmother in England was on the waiting list for hip replacement for 5 years until she fell and broke her hip. Then she went in immediately of course, but that’s a riskier emergency surgery.

    The government panel may decide that its not “cost effective” for a 70 year old to get chemotherapy, or as recently stated – for women to get mammograms under 50 (dooming thousands of women who DO get cancer under 50). Who will decide the value of a human life? A bureaucrat like Shirley Sherrod?

  • recovered dem

    Government should NOT be involved in any healthcare decisions. Healthcare decisions should be between a patient and doctor.