“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.