The Inescapability of Death Panels
Q: Will ObamaCare use a death panel to decide who lives and who dies?
A: There are no death panels.
Q: It’s true that they do not exist, currently. That is how we’d like to keep it. Does ObamaCare contain them?
A: The bills before Congress to reform our health care system do not create death panels.
Q: I’m not sure that is the case, given the Porcine creation of one. But for the sake of argument, I will grant that no such thing as a death panel is envisioned in ObamaCare. How does it save money?
A: Well, we have to save money where it is spent, I suppose.
Q: And where is health care money spent?
A: In the first few hours of life, and in the last few months of it.
Q: And it’s cheaper to abort a child than to bring it to term?
A: Yes, I suppose. But we don’t talk about it in those terms.
Q: Of course. But at the end of life, that is where the money is?
Q: So will Congress pass a law saying which medical procedure can apply to whom?
A: Of course not. That would be too cumbersome.
Q: And would it expose Congress to politically radioactive decisions?
A: Yes. Congress does not like to say “no”.
Q: So they would appoint a commission of some sort.
A: Yes, I suppose that’s right. It’s the typical approach.
Q: Now, would such a commission or panel decide which set of symptoms require which kinds of treatment?
A: Yes, that would be a great innovation, saving trillions of dollars over the next thirty years.
Q: And so they would decide that a broken bone required a cast, but a twisted ankle did not?
A: Yes, that would probably be the case.
Q: And if someone contracted pneumonia, they would give the correct treatment, and bar the incorrect one?
A: Yes, of course.
Q: If someone had a certain type of cancer, the panel would have a standard treatment for it?
A: Yes, efficiency and mercy would demand it.
Q: So no other type of treatment would be allowed?
A: Yes, I suppose that would have to be so.
Q: And if a person had multiple conditions, such as cancer and heart disease — would those treatments be the same, or different?
A: They might be different, if the treatments conflicted with one another.
A: Yes, if the treatment for the cancer would create the risk of heart failure, we might not treat the cancer.
Q: Or if the treatment were only extending the painful conditions of life, would the treatment differ?
A: The authorized treatment might be palliative.
Q: I see. I am glad you have instructed me.