Obama’s Roman Coliseum Version of Health Care: Thumbs Up, The Old Man Lives. Thumbs Down, He Dies.

Have you ever been frustrated because you needed something done and couldn’t get a person on the other line who had the authority, competence, or even just the human compassion to listen to your problem and try to fix it? Most of us have been there at one time or another and it’s extremely frustrating, isn’t it?

Now, imagine that you’re in that same situation, but your life is on the line. You’re sick and you need an operation, or an expensive treatment, or maybe just an expert to advise you. But unfortunately, some bureaucrats 5,000 miles away have decided that you’re not worth spending another dime on. They don’t know you, they don’t care about your personal situation, and they’re not interested in any new facts, because they’ve already made up their mind.

Last night, during the health care infomercial ABC gifted him with, Barack Obama revealed that the chilling vision I’ve just described is what he wants our health care system to look like.

Reporting from Washington — President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don’t stand to gain from the extra care.

In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama said families need better information so they don’t unthinkingly approve “additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care.”

He added: “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”

Obama said he has personal familiarity with such a dilemma. His grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than nine months to live, he said.

She fell and broke her hip, “and the question was, does she get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough they were not sure how long she would last?”

Obama’s grandmother died two days before he was elected president in November. It was unclear whether she underwent the hip-replacement surgery.

Essentially, what Barack Obama wants to do is a little like the old Roman Coliseum. If a bureaucrat gives you the thumbs up, you get the operation you need to live. If you get the thumbs down, you die. Good luck appealing it, too. It’ll probably only take $10,000 and a two year court fight, at the end of which…you’ll be dead.

Update #1: Obama admitted last night that he wouldn’t even want his plan for his own wife and kids,

DR. DAVINSKI: If your wife or your daughter became seriously ill, and things were not going well, and the plan physicians told you they were doing everything that could be done, and you sought out opinions from some medical leaders in major centers and they said there’s another option you should pursue, but it was not covered in the plan, would you potentially sacrifice the health of your family for the greater good of insuring millions or would you do everything you possibly could as a father and husband to get the best health care and outcome for your family?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: … does she get hip replacement surgery even though she was fragile enough that they weren’t sure how long she would last whether she could get through the surgery. I think families all across America are going through decisions like that all the time. and you’re absolutely right that if it’s my family member, my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care. but here’s the problem that we have in our current health care system. Is that there is a whole bunch of care that’s being provided that every study, every bit of evidence that we have indicates may not be making us healthier.

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