Obamacare’s death panels for nursing
By Bob Confer
In August of 2009 former
vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took a lot of heat from the Left and mass media for her Facebook post attacking the
rationing aspects of ObamaCare. In that well-known
message, Mrs. Palin coined the term “death panels”
to identify the bureaucrats who would oversee the dispersal of medical
One really can’t blame Mrs. Palin for having used
such wording. When talking about a law as gargantuan and far-reaching as ObamaCare, someone has to make things understandable and
palatable for the layman by putting it into simple terms. But she lost that
precious chance to educate the masses on the ills of the healthcare behemoth
by oversimplifying its bureaucratic structure to the point that it looked as
if all sick people would present themselves before a panel that would
determine whether they were worthy of care.
Although her choice of words, and the imagery itself, were poor, the thinking
behind her statements was accurate: that the government would employ
decision- and policy-makers who would determine what level of healthcare is
appropriate for specific classes of people, from the incurable to the
handicapped to the elderly.
To that end, three different entities have been created by ObamaCare. Multiple Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been set-up
that will reward doctors for keeping costs under control. The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will limit
payments to doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers, forcing their hand
in deciding what to offer. The
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will create
templates for what constitutes worthwhile investments in health by private
and public providers.
Save the IPAB, which had its launch delayed to 2016, those organizations,
those panels, have their efforts well underway to limit care and replicate
what Big Government has already proven that it can do so well in another
aspect of the medical industry — abortion — in deciding who should
live and who should die.
Consider what the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is
doing in nursing homes.
One of the first projects it has funded is a $1.9 million study through the University of Rochester
(New York) Medical Center that will seek to establish new federal standards
for end-of-life care in nursing homes, ultimately mandating palliative care
in their halls. The point of program is to transform elder care facilities
from places where people go to be taken care of and live, to places where
people go to be neglected and die.
The lead investigator behind the study, Helena Temkin-Greener,
Ph.D., M.S., thinks that senior citizens are already turning nursing homes
into the latter category. In the URMC’s news release she says that “nursing
homes are increasingly becoming a place where people die” while citing an
absurd statistic that says that says that by 2020, 40 percent of all deaths
in America will occur in nursing homes, which is twice the current rate.
Changing the very landscape of the elder care industry and lifestyle, from
one of life to one of death, seems almost unbelievable. But the study —
which will define the future of nursing care — is taking place, at a
whopping 32 nursing homes across New York.
This study ties in perfectly with the goals
and vision of not only the PCORI, but also the aforementioned Independent
Payment Advisory Board, which has been charged with finding cost savings in Medicare.
What better way to cut costs than to limit the resources available to —
and therefore the lifespan of — the recipient class?
Granted, Medicare should see cost cuts — like to “zero” since it’s an
unconstitutional, immoral federal program — but not through forced death
and/or the corrupt means of indoctrination that might ultimately make that
purposeful federal neglect of older seniors acceptable, just as societal
manipulation and re-education did for the very existence and alleged need for
Medicare. Prior to the launch of that federal leviathan in 1965, oldsters
took care of themselves or their families did it for them; no one was left to
suffer and die. But, in the few decades that have followed, society has grown
to believe that Medicare is a “need” (so much so that the average American
doesn’t classify it as an entitlement) and that
reliance has created an emasculated populace totally unaware of how to
survive without it. They can’t — and they won’t — just as future
nursing homes will show. Medicare allocations depleted, the aged (and their
children) will welcome death sooner than they traditionally would have.
That’s the way the socialists operate. They want to dictate and control every
aspect of our lives, from cradle to grave, while ensuring that no one can
live without the help of the nanny state. Forcing the nation’s older people
to die once they can’t contribute to society and the “communal good” is no
different from what communists did in the 20th century when they put to death 80 to 100 million people in mass
killings around the world.
It’s eerily coincidental that the Baby Boomers — who will be the first to see
their lives shortened by ObamaCare’s breed of
killing — number nearly 80 million themselves.
The death panels have to be licking their chops.
Bob Confer is a contributor to The New American. He is the vice-president of
Confer Plastics, Inc. and a weekly columnist for the Greater Niagara
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