Is There Any More Proof Needed?
National Review Online has posted an interview with Bart Stupak, the pro-life Congressman from Michigan. Stupak has revealed perhaps more than he knows about the underlying nature of “health care reform.”
In the interview, Stupak conveys the nature of some of the arguments that his Democratic colleagues have been making against including his pro-life provision in the final version of the legislation. What kind of arguments have they been making? Stupak says:
If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing…Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue — come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about.
I find this admission about the nature of government-run health care quite revealing. What is acknowledged here is the fact that the government’s intrusion into the private health care system entails a a large amount of control over human life. Heretofore, this has been vehemently denied by the proponents of “health care reform,” and none so much as President Obama himself who has repeatedly and disingenuously declared that Americans will be able to keep the health insurance they have now if they like it.
Those who have been asserting that “health care reform” will entail government control over behaviors, costs, and lifestyles have been mocked as “fearmongers.” But, it is not “fear-mongering” to understand that where the overarching considerations of an entire system becomes politics and cost-effectiveness, the system put in place will eventually serve to degrade accepted notions of human personhood and the dignity of human life. This happens everywhere in the world today, and where it exists, especially within critical life and death systems, the very nature of that system is transformed.
Very few people have been willing to criticize the Veteran’s Administration system of government health care in the debate. However, some doctors have revealed that treatment decisions at the VA are, in fact, often made by the government based on cost considerations alone. And speaking from personal experience with my father and the VA, even doctors in that system have become more willing to allow sick patients to wither and die instead of treating them with costly procedures. A culture of dehumanization and cost/benefit analysis has been on the rise in the government-run VA, even though it has remained a sacred cow and “third rail” in the health care debate.
As a former VA physician has admitted on Bradley Hennefort M.D.’s blog:
When I worked in a VA hospital, I witnessed how tests could be canceled by employees, ultimately representing the government, who had considerably less training than physicians. When the government employee canceled my order, she did not care that the patient might die or just suffer longer; she cared about doing what she was ordered to do by the government bureaucracy so she could keep receiving her paycheck.
Anyone who values their life, or the lives of loved ones, should fear any healthcare system controlled by the government because the government excels at creating massive bureaucracies, such as those in VA hospitals, in which employees who are not doctors can overrule physician orders. No President or Congressman would have the guts to personally tell a doctor what he can and cannot do, but the need of politicians to control us is so strong that they create cold and uncaring bureaucracies to do the dirty work for them.
The creation of a new, massive federal bureaucracy is the main function of the recent Health Care Reform Bill. That is why it takes 5 years to set up and is one of the reasons why Nancy Pelosi proclaimed that we won’t know what’s in the bill until it is passed.
Americans should be very wary about the monstrous bureaucracy that is contained in the health care bill. It grants politicians, political appointees and a new, massive governmental nomenclature unprecedented financial and legal control over what has been, up until now, considered a very personal and private aspect of every individual’s life.