I have commented before that the purpose of socialized medicine is not health care, but rather government-run death care. The choker bill presently being rammed down America’s throat in the Congress is no exception. In light of the recent history where hospitals have forcibly dehydrated people to death, everyone should pay attention to their gag reflex.
On page 430 of the 2009 Death Care Act we find:
(B) The level of treatment …may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified interventions … (iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.
What “level of treatment”? Huh?
Buried in the arcane Death Care Act’s 1,000 pages of detail is this little description of how the government will dictate to you, educate you and control your very survival with an “order regarding life sustaining treatment.”
See, you might give “indications” that the “specified interventions” known as “nutrition and hydration” need to be taken away from you. The vigilant government must be hyper-attentive to starve and dehydrate [useless people] to death, at any time.
You may not be surprised to find out that “you” don’t need to give consent to your own murder. Only a theoretical “you” is really required. That’s one of the “options” Uncle Barack is going to supplement you with.
Examining the related sections carefully, we find that if there is an order (page 429 line 17) signed and dated by a physician that “effectively communicates the individual’s preferences regarding life sustaining treatment,” then this gives the government authority, under this law, to starve and dehydrate you to death.
A statement that “you” desired your food and water taken away, if signed and dated by a physician, sums up like this: you’re dead.
But an advanced directive signed by you may be included. Not shall be. May be.
Benevolently, the government allows for that possibility where you yourself write something in advance about wanting to be alive. The death warrant “may incorporate any advance directive (as defined in section 1866(f)(3)) if executed by the individual.” May. If they are sure it’s from “you.”
But if a physician signs a standardized form, well, that’s final! He knows about whatever “your” desires are. In that case, the government not only has authority to take all your food and water, but can also confer upon itself the authority to decide other nattering details, such as:
the intensity of medical intervention if the patient is pulseless, apneic, or has serious cardiac or pulmonary problems;
the individual’s desire regarding transfer to a hospital or remaining at the current care set ting;
the use of antibiotics;
But wait! There’s more!
It’s not enough that the government wants to give physicians signature-power to kill you. Death-warrant power for your doctor is not enough for a big-time high roller like you. You need to be informed that being killed by the government is a great thing. It’s important that you be likely to go along with it. Dim the lights. Cue the music. You do want to come quietly, don’t you? No caterwauling:
A government doctor will give:
… an explanation of orders regarding life sustaining treatment or similar orders, which shall include – the reasons why the development of such an order is beneficial to the individual … the information needed for an individual or legal surrogate to make informed decisions regarding the completion of such an order.
It is so beneficial for them to complete the order on you, and even more beneficial for you to ask for it, that we didn’t want you to miss being informed! Boy oh boy!
This is the government, folks. They protect your “treatment wishes” and provide for your “surrogate decision maker” right up to the bitter end.
Of course, they will tax your estate right after the completion of your order, and that so your “provider” gets paid.
Warms the heart, don’t it?
Universal coverage from cradle to grave!
Andrew Longman is a Christian and an applied scientist.