Monday, September 21, 2009
The Danger of Politicizing Health Care
By Jerry Scheidbach

Millions of Americans have been stirred up to protest the government takeover of health care. If most of your news comes to you filtered through the liberally inclined bias of the msm, you probably think the concern is coming from mostly well-off white racists who could care less about healthcare for the needy, and are only concerned about what it will cost those who actually pay taxes, or whether they are going to lose their insurance plan and be forced into the much feared public option, complete with rationed health care. The truth is that most of the opposition is coming from folks who do believe we need health care reform, who believe that health care ought to be sufficiently affordable for all who need it, who voted for Obama, or who, like me, find that the one thing we like about Obama is the fact that he is black. Yet, if you have been paying close attention, you know that much of the opposition is coming from concern about the government politicizing health care.

The cost is way over the top: a cool trillion––more than $17,000 per household, at a time when the Obama budget deficit is expected to top 10 trillion. A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you are talking about some real money. But this is not the greatest danger of ObamaCare.

The public option eliminates the private sector insurance providers and makes the medical professionals, who provide our health care, virtual employees of the government. The specter of long lines, waiting lists, and a significant degradation in the quality of care comes from what we have learned has happened in other countries which went down this path––a la Canada, France and Britain––so it is reasonable that Americans would be concerned about the public option. However, the public option is not the most serious problem with ObamaCare.

Rationing is impossible to avoid. Spokespersons for the White House keep telling us that it’s all nonsense, but ask them if they have read the bill. They haven’t. The President hasn’t even read the thing. Our Representatives (that’s a joke) are willing to vote into law a bill they have not read. I’ve read it! Look at HR 3200, section 122, page 29 lines 4-16. It’s right there. It definitely provides for rationing. And, not only rationing because of availability, but also based on age, and the cost of treatment versus the value of the life extended by the treatment. This health care bill is a Trojan horse that is carrying Dr. Death into our society. I mean there are entire portions of this bill that could easily have been written by Dr. Kevorkian. And who is surprised?

This is a health care bill constructed under the auspices of President (Alleged) Obama – who was the only senator who opposed the Born Alive Protection Act. (That’s the law that requires abortion providers to acknowledge that a baby who survives an abortion has a right to life.) This bill was constructed by people who think in the same vein as Senator Boxer, who made the statement that she believed a baby does not have a right to life until it is taken home from the hospital. Ezekiel Emmanuel is Obama’s chief medical advisor, credited for shaping this bill. This man’s public and published statements about end-of-life care read like something out of Hitler’s Fritz Lenz eugenics policy guidebook for the Nazis. Such people want control of our end-of-life medical decisions. Obama said he thought the nation should engage in a conversation about whether life enhancing medical treatment given to terminally ill patients is a sustainable social model. Don’t you think we should have that conversation before we vote such policy into law? This bill makes the fundamental principles of eugenics the public policy of our federal government. Think about that!

I certainly do not trust end-of-life questions to politicians, especially in the hands of politicians who can rationalize the murder of babies in the womb. Exactly how far do you think that is from rationalizing the murder of old people who are deemed an inconvenience to society?

In my many travels into the countries of the former Soviet Union, I’ve heard first hand horror stories of patients who suffered by the politicization of health care. The most benign stories were of patients having much needed care delayed, as a punishment for their political opinions, while another was rushed to the front of the line as a political favor. When Reagan was being wheeled into surgery after he was shot, he quipped to the surgeon, “I hope you’re Republican.” Let the government politicize your health care, and that might turn out to be a very unfunny joke––on you.

Jerry Scheidbach, Thg., BA, MA, pastors Lighthouse Baptist Church, serves as guest professor at various Bible Colleges, and hosts The Brain Massageä Radio Show. To contact or to learn more about pastor Scheidbach, go to santamarialighthouse.org.
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