We all knew that the Affordable Health Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, would lead to lead to rationing. Shortly after Barack Obama became President, he and Nancy Pelosi began promoting such reforms–to redistribute a shrinking pie more equitably. Instead of doctors and patients, or even insurance companies, deciding who would receive medical care, when they would receive it, and how much they would receive, there will now be 160 panels of bureaucrats whose primary mission is to reduce health care costs to the government.
As 2014 approaches, what Sarah Palin called “death panels” are starting to take shape. In this recorded interview with Mark Levin, Jeff, a neurosurgeon, describes what it will mean for his profession.
“If someone over 70 years old has a bleed on the brain in the middle of the night, I have to wait for a panel in Washington to tell me whether I can operate…. I’ve been 9 years in medical school and 10 years in training and now I’ve got people who don’t know a thing about what I am doing telling me when I can or cannot operate.” Without special permission to operate, the new prescription for a bleed on the brain for people over 70 years of age will be “comfort care.” Such decisions will not be determined by a doctor’s evaluation of whether a surgery would provide the patient with many more years of a high quality life; they will be a death sentence.