With the push for totalitarian health care by the Democratic leadership in the Congress, a question is begged: Whatever happened to Democrat calls for staying out of personal health-care decisions?

Do you remember how Democrats, in 2005, excoriated pro-life supporters for involving themselves in personal, private, family decisions during the battle for Terri Schiavo’s right to live?

If you do not recall, allow me to refresh your memory:

March 20, 2005 – Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on Congressional involvement in the Terri Schiavo case:

“The case of Terri Schiavo is a sad and tragic situation. Congressional leaders have no business substituting their judgment for that of multiple state courts that have extensively considered the issues in this intensely personal family matter. The actions of the majority in attempting to pass constitutionally dubious legislation are highly irregular and an improper use of legislative authority.

“Michael Schiavo is faced with a devastating decision, but, having been through the proper legal process, the decision for his wife’s care belongs to him and to God.

“This rush to exploit a personal tragedy is not fair to those involved and will not create good policy.”

Pelosi statement on Terri Schiavo case [Emphasis added]

Moreover, WND columnist Nat Hentoff, in “Barack Obama vs. Terri Schiavo,” covered then-Sen. and presidential candidate Obama’s regret for his vote in the Terri Schiavo case:

When moderator Tim Russert asked Hillary Clinton and Obama if “there are any words or votes that you’d like to take back … in your careers in public service,” Obama answered that in his first year in the Senate, he joined an agreement “that allowed Congress to interject itself (in the Schiavo case) into the decision-making process of the families.”

Obama added: “I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better.” [Emphasis added]

Well, isn’t inserting government into nearly every health-care decision in America exactly what Obamacare would do now?  Why is it all right to violate the sanctity of family decision-making now, when, in the Democrats’ eyes, it wasn’t in Terri Schiavo’s case?

Aside from the critical fact that the state and federal levels of the judiciary in that case completely ignored Terri Schiavo’s inherent, natural, God-given right to life, and a squishy Jeb Bush was derelict in his constitutional duty as governor to protect her life, the truth is that the anti-life forces never really cared one whit about preserving inviolate the prerogative of families to make health-care decisions. Witness their support for Obamacare now.

No, what the anti-life forces were after then, as they are now, is raw, unadulterated power – the power to control, the power of life and death.

Just ask Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, “Obama’s Health-Rationer-in-Chief”:

Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia. (Hastings Center Report, November-December, 1996)

As anyone with even a modicum of economic knowledge knows, the public option will ration care, but it will be government bureaucrats, not doctors and families, who will make the decisions.

If totalitarian health care comes to pass, it is interesting to note that those who supported Terri Schiavo’s court-sanctioned death by dehydration and those who didn’t bother to stand up for Terri’s right to life may eventually face a dire fate similar in nature to her fate.

The noise in the land that one hears in opposition to totalitarian health care is a welcome sound. Maybe the people finally are awakening. Perhaps they have seen the face of rationed care in the brutal, cruel, and prolonged death of Terri Schiavo. And perhaps they understand all too well for whom the Obamacare bell tolls.

Robert J. Frasconi

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