Is Killing People at Age 75 on the Agenda
Age 75 could be the new government mandated expiration date for human life. In the eyes of some government bureaucrats, by continuing to live beyond their “usefulness” the elderly are draining Big Daddy Government of valuable tax dollars and resources he could be using for younger drones. While the government vehemently denies it will begin euthanization programs for citizens whose cost/benefit analysis of being alive no longer works out, none other than one of the architects of Obamacare, Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, brother of Rahm Emmanuel has publicly said he thinks age 75 is the right age for people to die. Here is an excerpt from his essay Why I Hope to Die at 75 published in The Atlantic:
By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life. I will have loved and been loved. My children will be grown and in the midst of their own rich lives. I will have seen my grandchildren born and beginning their lives. I will have pursued my life’s projects and made whatever contributions, important or not, I am going to make. And hopefully, I will not have too many mental and physical limitations. Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy. Indeed, I plan to have my memorial service before I die. And I don’t want any crying or wailing, but a warm gathering filled with fun reminiscences, stories of my awkwardness, and celebrations of a good life. After I die, my survivors can have their own memorial service if they want—that is not my business.
Of course, the long-term plans the corporate-government power structure has for the serfs on its tax farm are never revealed all at once. The public has to be eased into the idea, and slowly desensitized to it through constant propaganda before the changes are engineered into a legislative session.
Looking at other healthcare fiascos the all-knowing government has foisted on the American people, Obamacare has proven to be far from the Socialist fantasy sold to the public when it was shoved down our throats in 2010. The work on that victory for central planners in government, or socializing medicine goes all the way back to 1994, when co-President Hillary Clinton tried to force it on the American public with disastrous results. Far from the promises of free health care for anyone who works for a living, costs have risen, and the IRS has been sending those who don’t buy into the corrupt system shared responsibility demands for payment in the mail.
But could the government really try to save on Medicare and Social Security by literally terminating people from its payroll? The concept of a government mandated “expiration date” resurfaces from time to time, which proves it has been a topic of discussion more than once.
Not a New Concept
The idea of creating a formula for determining if people are worth medical treatment (and perhaps even their monthly Social Security check) has also been discussed by Robert Reich, who worked in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. Reich had this to say:
If you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive, so we’re going to let you die.
Another kind, loving leftist named Dr. Howard Dean (yeaaaaaah!!!) has also hinted at what government bean counters are saying when the sheep they’re supposed to represent are not paying attention. By altering prices of medical services the government pays for, expensive services can be priced out of range for the average man or woman who is “too old” for the system to pay for. Dean said:
[The Independent Payment Advisory Board] is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system.
Cost control inevitably leads to such abominations as committees who fancy themselves capable of playing god almighty in peoples’ lives.
A God Committee
Proving that religious beliefs do not disappear because Marxists want them to, they have taken the mantle of God upon themselves in deciding the fate of human life with calculators instead of compassion. Emmanuel has suggested abandoning the principles of the Hippocratic Oath, saying it causes doctors to care for patients without regard of the costs being passed on to others. Emmanuel himself talked about a “God Committee” who would make decisions of who does or does not get treatment.
We had a big controversy when there was a limited number of dialysis machines. In Seattle, they appointed what they called a ‘God committee’ to choose who should get it, and that committee was eventually abandoned. Society ended up paying the whole bill for dialysis instead of having people make those decisions.
Beyond his endorsement of letting bean counters decide the fate of the sick and elderly, when looking at the history of the God Committee some interesting facts jump out. The task of deciding who and would not get dialysis treatments was assigned to a committee of seven citizens: a lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, bureaucrat, labor union rep, and a surgeon, all selected by the King County Medical Society. At their first meeting, they rejected treatment to anyone over age 45. Children we also rejected for treatment because they could be “traumatized” by dialysis. By the second meeting, the members of the committee had decided that themselves and the patients they decided would live or die had to stay anonymous. By the third meeting, something else interesting happened, as reported by Health Affairs:
The members drew up a list of all the factors they would weigh in making their decision, including age, sex, marital status and number of dependents, income, net worth, emotional stability, educational background, occupation, past performance and future potential, and references.
Using this model, which is basically an affirmative action committee, bureaucrats could not only decide who gets a job and a promotion as is the case today, but also decide who gets a heart transplant and who dies. Emmanuel goes on with agenda:
Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.
By now, people have been shafted so many times by government show and public relations, any of us who are paying attention raise eyebrows when this becomes a serious topic of discussion in a government that obviously does not represent its citizens as much as it represents corporations, bankers, and special interests.
Age 70, 65, Then 60
Once a scheme like this is hatched, what usually happens when the government starts regulating is its need to further micromanage and intervene becomes the never-ending story. It is reasonable to believe that once an official expiration date is set for human life, that age will be trimmed back with each financial “crisis” that comes along. Further, some might say Emmanuel is being hypocritical in that both his parents are alive and well, and in their late 80s despite his Atlantic article making bold claims.
I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.
Already, relentless PR flacks have softened the idea of death panels killing people into the rosier-sounding phrase End of Life Planning for Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Medicare is now rolling out payments for End of Life Planning consultations. Dr. Joe Rotella of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine seemed ecstatic about the rollout of this program.
The more and more that that happens, the more patients, families and doctors will become comfortable with it. Any distrust people have about it really disappears when patients sit down and find out this is about empowering them.
The “empowerment” Trojan Horse is regularly used by leftists. But who does it really empower? Patients can now “happily” decide which treatments they do and do not want from the hospital. Of course, this is more about saving Medicare money than it is any concern about the patients.
The day may soon come the “happy” End of Life Planning idea turns into a not so happy government mandate about what is and is not going to be paid for, and who lives and who dies. After all, to central planners in a socialist system, you are a burden on society when they break out their spreadsheet and do a cost-benefit analysis on your life. This is what happens when the government gets into the business of healthcare and micromanaging lives. Inevitably, its decisions come down to economics, just as the decisions of the capitalists Socialists rail against come down to economics. The evil comes when socialists use government the government to force their schemes on unwitting sheep.
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