Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Big Brother's health care solution - kill them?

Many of us have feared the ever-increasing degree of government intervention in our health care system.  We've pointed to experience in Europe, where liberal activists and their political representatives have tried to make abortion and euthanasia everyday options in health care.  It's been getting worse and worse.

Just last month, it was revealed that the UK's National Health Service has been putting sick children on the so-called Liverpool Care Pathway, which - in so many words - legally allows for medical care to be withheld from the very ill, and for them to be starved to death, with or without their consent.  Previously the Pathway had been applied only to the elderly, or to terminally ill adults.

Today we find these headlines in the news:

Just last weekend, in our most recent 'Around The Blogs' feature, we linked to Mad Medic's article about the so-called 'Death Panels' allegedly to be implemented in terms of Obamacare.  They, too, are an ethical and moral nightmare, but if you leave those considerations out of the picture, they make economic sense.

Put all these reports and developments together, and I submit that the pattern feared around the world for so long is emerging from the shadows and becoming more and more clear.  It's no longer a suspicion - it's reality.  When governments find the cost of health care growing too great, they're going to economize in every way possible.  Since critically or terminally ill patients typically cost a great deal more to treat than those with lesser illnesses or injuries, it makes economic and utilitarian sense for governments to kill off the former as quickly as possible, so as to free up more funds to care for the latter.  Furthermore, since the future economic productivity of the latter is probably greater than that of the former, governments can get more tax revenue out of them, and for longer, than out of the former group.  Again, money talks.

For those of us approaching late middle to old age in the USA and the other countries mentioned, it's a grim prospect.  Our lives will almost certainly be regulated - and possibly ended without our consent - according to how much we'll potentially cost the government in health care, balanced against how much we can potentially offer in future tax revenues.  (However, a recent push to extend the estate tax may make it more economically advantageous to kill the rich anyway!)

Welcome to the 'Brave New World' of state-controlled health care.



Erik said...

It's actually even more cynical than that.

The people that are terminally and critically ill have been paying taxes for years, taxes that needed to be high to pay for the "free" healthcare system. So they've been paying into the system for years, but then when they do get sick, they are simply cut off because they're too expensive to treat.

If they instead had paid all that money they paid in taxes into a private insurance, or even put it in a bank account, they would be able to pay for the treatment they needed.

But since they paid the State instead, on the promise to get care later if they needed it, they have been robbed of the money they paid to the healthcare system. It's all very cynical, and very deliberate.

Stuart Garfath said...

What next, survival food made of 'Soylent Green'?.

Shrimp said...

Stuart, don't think for one minute they wouldn't do it....if they thought they could get away with it.

Judy said...

I guess we need to quit bad-mouthing Hitler and Goebbels!