What We’re Learning about Obamacare isn’t Good — Especially for Seniors

January 21, 2012/Neil Snyder

 

While I taught at the University of Virginia, I served for a while as associate dean.  My dean at the time, Bill Shenkir, used a phrase that I thought was particularly helpful when we were contemplating major decisions: “Let’s reduce the fog factor.”  By that he meant that we should always examine the ramifications of our decisions on our students’ classroom experience since teaching them was our primary mission.

Obamacare is an example of a federal government program that would not have been enacted if the fog factor test had been applied.  While Congress debated Obamacare, talk about death panels and rationing of healthcare services abounded, but the warnings came from Republicans who were in the minority in the House and the Senate.  Their objections were dismissed out of hand.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid rounded up Democrat votes and shoved Obamacare down our throats with the blessing of President Obama.  The jury is still out on the legality of Obamacare, but while we wait for the courts to rule on the constitutional issues involved, the Obama administration is rapidly implementing the program.  By the time the courts finally reach a decision, our healthcare system won’t resemble what we had prior to March 2010 when Nancy Pelosi used her oversized gavel to pound Obamacare through the House over strenuous objections from most Americans.

Our senior citizens are most at risk under Obamacare — especially those over 70.  Rationing of services and death panels (only they’re called “ethics panels” under Obamacare instead of death panels for obvious reasons) are now the rule, not the exception.  I have a friend who is a loyal Democrat and a strong Obama supporter.  In 2008 when she voted for Obama, she couldn’t imagine that in 2012 she would have a massive heart attack and need a pacemaker.  Prior to 2010 and the passage of Obamacare, that would have been a routine procedure, but not anymore.  She’s over 70, and under Obamacare people who are over 70 routinely receive “comfort care.”  That’s a euphemism.  It means that a panel of experts has determined that your life isn’t worth saving beyond 70, so they will try to make you feel good while you die.  Read more:

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