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Subject:        Nationalizing Life and Death
Date:   Wed, 11 Mar 2009 04:37:12 -0000
From:   Ray T. Mahorney <coffee-craver@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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(Obama voters should ask themselves: Did we vote for this?)
March 08, 2009

Nationalizing Life and Death
John Griffing

"Crisis! Crisis! Crisis!" So is it always with petty politicians seeking to enhance their
power. Swallow it whole, swallow it now is the word. But just
what are we swallowing so fast that we don't even have time to think? Are we really to believe
that all we must do is touch the hem of President Obama's
garment, and the pains of capitalist dislocation will wash away?

Hidden deep in the stimulus bill is a Trojan horse like no other. I am not speaking of pork. A
scheme more dastardly would have been hard to concoct.
With the passage of this bill, the US government is now empowered to "ration" healthcare. That
means, to treat or not to treat is now a government question.

Within the bill is a line that would sentence millions of people to death:

In addition, $400,000,000 shall be accelerate the development and dissemination
of research assessing the comparative effectiveness of health
care treatments and strategies, including through efforts that: (1) conduct, support, or
synthesize research that compares the clinical outcomes, effectiveness,
and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to prevent, diagnose, or
treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions

For those that don't speak draconian, "comparative effectiveness" means that the cost of an
individual's treatment will be divided by the number of years
they are likely to benefit. If your treatment is too "costly" you will be thrown out with the
bathwater. No country for old men. The bill also created
the "Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research" to make comparative
effectiveness decisions. Only 20 years after winning the
Cold War we are adopting central planning as our preferred model. Only, instead of determining
the number of toothbrushes, this committee will determine
the value of someone's life. How ironic.

The stimulus bill mandates
healthcare records for every American by 2014 and would "encourage the development and use of
clinical registries, clinical data networks, and other forms
of electronic health data that can be used to generate or obtain outcomes data...." No room for
miracles. Computer models will now decide your "outcome."
Twilight Zone anybody?

If you are picturing Germany circa 1930, you're right on. With the passing of this bill,
government, not doctors, will decide who receives care and who
doesn't, in essence, who lives and who dies. The cruelest regimes in history have begun with
this premise. Government was responsible for non-war related
deaths exceeding 100M in the 20th Century, 80M by
Communist governments
[i], and now we're going to trust them with our medical care? "Do no harm", the Hippocratic
Oath, has been replaced by "cost-benefit analysis."

It will start with the elderly, because after all, they are social burdens and a drain on
federal funds. They need to wake up and smell the coffin. "If
they're going to die they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population!" Comrade Tom
Daschle, the author of the ominous healthcare provisions,
supports this line of thought, saying that healthcare reform "will not be pain free." He goes
on to praise Europeans for being willing to accept "hopeless
diagnoses" and forgo "experimental treatments".

Next would be the infirmed. Too many resources are wasted on people with incurable diseases.
We should allocate money to those who actually have the potential
to live and live well.

Then the children with a poor quality of life. One can recall the abortion lobby's virulent
argument for killing black babies.

Then newborns. It simply won't end. The medical profession will become the harbinger of death,
not health. This is not a slippery slope argument. Holland
has already slipped the slope. Holland's healthcare system is so cash-strapped that it views
humans as liabilities. A patient must formally request "no
euthanasia" before simple outpatient surgery. In fact, involuntary euthanasia accounts for over
1,000 deaths in Holland
In addition, 8,000 people in Holland die every year because they are given intentional
overdoses of pain medication, not to control pain, but to end life.
In 60 percent of these cases, the patient did not give his or her consent to the action.[ii]

If doctors making quality of life decisions doesn't scare you, maybe this will: Holland has a
committee to decide who's
. It actually slates children, adults-anybody-for euthanasia. Robespierre and the Public
Safety Committee are back, ushering in a reign of terror for
our times.

Holland has quickly broadened the scope of euthanasia, extending the "right to die" all the way
down to
12-year olds
, no parental consent required. If they can get an abortion, why can't they kill themselves?

Holland even legalized euthanasia for
In some countries this is still considered infanticide. Recently an abortionist was jailed in
the United States for throwing a survivor baby in a dumpster.
A few inches is all that determines humanity in this country, but at least there's a standard.

It is hard to believe that only fifty years ago, it was Dutch doctors that stood up to Adolph
Hitler's eugenicist policies and refused to kill weaker patients.
What a difference a generation makes. Holland is a giant concentration camp. That is why it is
so crucial for Americans to wake up before it's too late.

Bottom-line: if government is allowed to make healthcare about cost and not saving lives, it
will degrade human worth to something not fit to mention.
If government controls the medical profession, it controls life. We have a choice. America can
go the way of Germany and Holland, or it can remain the
beacon of hope for the world. The "right to choose" has been turned against us. What will we

[i] R.J. Rummel, "War Isn't This Century's Biggest Killer," Wall Street Journal, 7 July 1986, <>
, (retrieved 20 February 2009).

[ii] Report of the Committee to Study the Medical Practice Concerning Euthanasia II: The Study
for the Committee on Medical Practice Concerning Euthanasia,(2
vols.), The Hague, September 19, 1991, p. 72.
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March 11, 2009 - 12:30:14 AM EDT
Ray T. Mahorney

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