Obamacare Solution: Geriatricide

Sunday, July 26, 2009

One necessary step in making Obamacare work is rationing treatment to keep costs down. The fewer patients getting treatment, the better for the whole program. Here is a glimpse into what pro-Obamacare lawmakers are planning for our elderly, who they consider a burden on the system.

Section 1233 of HR 3200, the healthcare reform measure under consideration, mandates "Advance Care Planning Consultation." Under the proposal, all senior citizens receiving government medical care would be required to undergo these counseling sessions every five years. Further reading of the law reveals that these sessions are nothing more than a not-so-veiled attempt to convince the elderly to forego treatment. HR 3200 calls outright for these compulsory consultations to recommend "palliative care and hospice." These are typically administered in the place of treatment intended to prolong life, and instead focus on pain relief until death.

But this legislation doesn't stop there. Also under Section 1233 [...], the federal government can compel more frequent end-of-life sessions if it declares a "significant change" in the health of the Medicare recipient, a change that the bill does not confine to fatal illness, but which encompasses broad and abstract conditions described as "chronic," "progressive," or "life-limiting." The bill even empowers physicians to make an "actionable medical order" to "limit some or all specified interventions..." In effect, the government can determine that a "life-limiting" condition demands the withholding of treatment.

From American Thinker

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