What exactly is the ideology behind Obama’s healthcare plan? Is it simply that our leaders are benevolent and want the best for us (which is terrifying in itself, considering who gets to define “best”) or is this merely one more attempt at more power and more control, or both? It seems to me that the “benevolence” of government believed in by the progressives and the power hungry nature of statists are now truly coming together. Especially after reading Betsy McCaughey’s August 27 editorial in the Wall Street Journal regarding Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, health care adviser to President Obama, it becomes obvious that we must fight this move on behalf of our government. McCaughey writes:
Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.
Dr. Emanuel concedes that his plan appears to discriminate against older people, but he explains: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination. . . . Treating 65 year olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.”
The youngest are also put at the back of the line: “Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. . . . As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, ‘It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old dies and worse still when an adolescent does,’ this argument is supported by empirical surveys.” (thelancet.com, Jan. 31, 2009).
So now we are valuing a person’s life based on how much “society” has invested in them? I can barely think of anything scarier. For anyone who like me has read Murray Rothbard and understands the nature of government, such a mindset when it comes to healthcare should be no surprise, but we must alert our fellow citizens that these are the kind of people who want control of our healthcare system — or, more control than they already have.Published in