I’m reading through the Dingell, et. al. Health Care reform bill (House 111) because I feel that someone ought to.
Many things are standing out to me, but the part that is ringing through my brain and setting my ire alight right now is found in Subtitle C, Section 1233. Advance Care Planning Consultation (p.425 of PDF)
I would encourage every single one of you to download the PDF and wade through the legalese yourself. Because I don’t want this to be just one long game of telephone where someone says they heard something somewhere and there is nothing to back up their claim. I assure you I’ve read through the legalese three times now and am beyond appalled.
Summing it up as succintly as possible, the ACPC is a mandatory counseling session, required every 5 years for anyone receiving Medicare. This counselling session is for state-sponsored personnel to meet with the elderly and/or infirm. In these meetings they are to discuss living wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies and “the formation of an order regarding life-sustaining treatment.”
That sounds positive, right? “the formation of an order regarding life-sustaining treatment….”
You do understand what that means, yes? In case you don’t, let me clear it up for you.
The government is making sure that everyone who is really old or really sick understands that they would be better off to sign a Do Not Recuscitate order, thus saving the state piles and piles of money that would be wasted keeping their useless body alive.
They’ll advise you of all of your options, “from an indication for full treat-ment to an indication to limit some or all or specified interventions.”
I’ve seen my friends who are pro-choice be up in arms for years against counselling requirements for pregnant women. They seem to believe, among other things (and correct me, folks, if I’ve got it in any way wrong) that those counselling sessions are designed to advance one point of view–that of keeping the baby–and downplaying the other–having an abortion. Every one I’ve ever known to support such a counselling requirement has favoured it for much the same reason. It’s designed to force a desired behaviour. The force may be gentle, but it is a push in one direction.
This counselling session is no different. It’s how we tell our mothers that they should just opt to starve to death when they have a stroke because it saves “their kids” (i.e. the government of we the people) money. It’s how we tell our fathers that if they have multiple heart attacks they should just hang it up and not waste the state’s money on feeding tubes. It’s how we tell parents with seriously ill children that prolonging the life of their child with expensive chemo is too expensive and probably a dumb idea anyway.
It’s eugenics. It’s a society that values money above humanity. And it’s poised to become law, just in time for people my age to watch their parents turned into Soylent Green.