Friday, August 21, 2009

Death Panels - The New Coliseum?

Yesterday, in his conference call with religious leaders, President Obama stated "We are God's partners in matters of life and death." Uh oh. This statement combined with the end of life provisions contained in the house health care bill (Section 1233 of HR 3200) raise the eerie spectre of government bureaucrats making decisions on who will receive life sustaining care and who will not. While Senate leaders have said that they have removed end of life counseling from its bill, we still have not seen the final language on this legislation and anything is possible.

Learning more about the background of the major players involved gives one pause. A top adviser to the president is Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, a doctor who told the AMA that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously. He also said that doctors need to pay more attention to broader issues (i.e. cost) rather than focusing only on the patient. Although Dr. Emmanuel is supposedly crafting health care policy, his title is adviser to the Budget Director! This certainly indicates that proposed changes will lead to the rationing of care. The math does not work otherwise. Bringing millions more people into a government run system just will not work financially unless costs are reduced. The president has already announced that he is planning on finding cost savings in Medicare. Where else will the savings come from? Since Medicare is on the verge of bankruptcy, the only logical conclusion is that care will have to be rationed.

Who are the ones who will lose care? In a 1996 paper given to the Hastings Center, the same Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel wrote " provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not providing health care to patients with dementia."
This is scary stuff. Who are the robed masters who will be given the power of life and death over the people. Those who will be able to give the thumbs up or the thumbs down on medical care. Are we heading back to the days of the Christians in the Coliseum?

Saint Michael the Archangel
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