I blogged before about the Obama administration's blood lust for older Americans to, well, meet their maker in a more timely fashion. Behind every sweet-sounding platitute about policy created for "the good of society" are individuals that must be sacrificed for the ruling class to impose their will.
Dr. McCaughey is exposing some more of the Obama healthcare reform's dark side that they don't want you to know about. One such aspect is their desire to turn the lives of human beings into mere statistical inputs in an algebriac equation:
The assault against seniors began with the stimulus package in February. Slipped into the bill was substantial funding for comparative effectiveness research, which is generally code for limiting care based on the patient's age. Economists are familiar with the formula, where the cost of a treatment is divided by the number of years (called QALYs, or quality-adjusted life years) that the patient is likely to benefit. In
Britain, the formula leads to denying treatments for older patients who have fewer years to benefit from care than younger patients.
When comparative effectiveness research appeared in the stimulus bill, Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., (R., La.) a heart surgeon, warned that it would lead to "denying seniors and the disabled lifesaving care."
Couple that with the provision in the current house bill that would require "Advance Care Planning Consultation" (pg. 425-430)
One troubling provision of the House bill compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care (House bill, p. 425-430). The sessions cover highly sensitive matters such as whether to receive antibiotics and "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration."
In Oregon, the state is denying some cancer patients care that could extend their lives and is offering them physician-assisted suicide instead.
So to recap, the government will devise mathematical equations to justify denial of treatment to older patients. Then the government will force seniors into a "consultation" in which end-of-life care decisions will be discussed. What will that "consultation" consist of when the doctor consulting the patient is fully aware that any treatment will not be state-approved because the patient is too old?
In related news, Dr. Jack Kevorkian is being considered for Surgeon General.