Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Not a pacemaker, but painkillers

A lady named Jane Sturm recently told President Obama about her 100 year old mother whose doctor told her she needed a pacemaker for a heart arrhythmia problem.
Jane Sturm told the story of her nearly 100-year-old mother, who was originally denied a pacemaker because of her age. She eventually got one, but only after seeking out another doctor.

“Outside the medical criteria,” Sturm asked, “is there a consideration that can be given for a certain spirit … and quality of life?”

“I don’t think that we can make judgments based on peoples’ spirit,” Obama said. … “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers."

This is an amazing insight into the President's thinking on medical care. In Obama's mind, maybe the right thing to do is to decide not to live any longer. I can't help thinking, though, that if the government takes over and funds healthcare, it will no longer be patients and doctors who make that decision.

Do you really want some government bureaucrat deciding whether your quality of life--or your mother's or grandmother's quality of life-- is significant enough to warrant life-saving medical care?

Read the story by Ed Morrissey on HotAir.

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