The federal government’s move to take over health care is clearly an unconstitutional power grab. What is even more alarming– beyond the deeply embedded abortion agenda– is how culture of death agents, including one group from Kansas City, have seized these reforms as opportunities to establish further footholds.
The new, nearly-2,000 page, Pelosi House bill will increase tax funding for Planned Parenthood, IVF, destructive embryonic research and includes (yes, Sarah Palin fans) death panels . The groundwork for the panels comes to us courtesy of, by their own admission,
25 years of work by the Center for Practical Bioethics.
CPB has shown itself utilitarian, bragging that insurers cite them for lowering health care rates in the KC area. Translation: less insurance money was used when more patients were convinced they didn’t want (or deserve) life-sustaining care.
CPB accomplished this task with a stealth approach, in contrast to ‘aid-in dying’ advocates working openly to change laws on assisted suicide. CPB has infiltrated senior groups, medical education seminars, the Center for Disease Control, even the council of state Attorney Generals. Thus, without putting any damning words on ballot measures, CPB has successfully softened seniors, the disabled, their care-givers and legal protectors to self-ration health care.
CPB has been pushing documents with the sophisticated and assuring name “Caring Conversations,” framed as protecting autonomy and preventing hospital bedside fights in the face of hospital over-treatment. However, hospitals are now more likely to deny certain life-sustaining services and some “caring” advanced directives can work against the patient’s true self-interest.
And although CPB strenuously claims their mission is altruistic, CPB head, Myra Christopher, revealed a burning concern in her speech to the Rotary Club this month:
“$6.1 billion dollars every year of Medicare is wasted on what we refer to as futile care, care that everyone knows has no chance of having any positive effect.”
In that speech, Myra didn’t define “positive effect,” yet that term is loaded with interpretation. She did go on to complain that Tea Parties and fear-mongers (like us?) nearly derailed health reforms that CPB has been orchestrating.
Follow the money: All current federal health reform bills will yield huge power and funding benefits for CPB, making them the ultimate source of supplying all the federally required “end of life consumer education” as Myra wants it called.
Health reform proposals will be paid for by “robbing Peter to pay Paul” through cutting Medicare funding for seniors and rationing health care to individuals without the politically correct quality of life. SOMEONE had to soften public resistance to this, and CPB fulfilled this role.
Upcoming posts will explain death panels, the CPB agenda, and Myra’s connection with Kathleen Sebelius.