In a lively panel Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, author Robert Zubrin compared Obamacare-related comments by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Nazi propaganda.
Zubrin slammed Sebelius for promoting mandatory contraception coverage as a cost saving measure.
“In testimony in Congress, Kathleen Sebelius actually said that Obamacare would save money — save the nation a lot of money,” Zubrin said, “because it would distribute contraceptives and thus reduce the number of births.”
“The notion that by preventing children from being born we will save the nation money, this mirrors Nazi propaganda calling for euthanasia of ‘useless eaters’ because it would save us all money, it was an incredible statement,” he continued.
Zubrin, a fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a contributing editor for The New Atlantis, did not hold back in his stinging criticism of the “anti-humanist” movement during the event to discuss his new book “Merchants of Despair.”
“If you view the world’s resources as being limited, then countries which are creative and which accelerate economic growth — they are the criminals whose activities must be constrained,” Zubrin said. “Its like the Lilliputians throwing threads on Gulliver, but if enough of them do it, they can tie him down.”
His comments on the value that life is given echo the sentiments of former Gov. Sarah Palin who, during the passage of Obamacare, raised the specter of government-run “death panels” that would decide which patients would receive care and which would not.
When asked about falling birth rates in Europe, Zubrin said “cultural pessimism” is influencing people not to start families and that its effects could be replicated in the United States.
“In the old days people depended on their own children to support them in their old age. Now, that has been socialized and people are depending on other people’s children to support them in their old age. People said the problem with socialism is what happens when you run out of other people’s money to spend? Well, what happens when you run out of other people’s children to support you?”