Skip to comments.Dehydrate dementia patients to death to save money: British Medical Journal editorial
Posted on 07/16/2012 6:10:54 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
Lives not worth living = not worth anything to him.
Allowed to die when they are not even dying = killed.
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
IPAB, Obamacares Super-Legislature
By Michael F. Cannon & Diane Cohen
June 15, 2012 4:00 A.M.
The individual mandate isnt Obamacares only unconstitutional provision, or even its most unconstitutional provision. That distinction belongs to the Independent Payment Advisory Board. A heretofore unreported feature of this super-legislature makes it even more authoritarian and dangerous than anyone knew.
IPAB consists of up to 15 unelected government experts. Its stated purpose is to restrain Medicare spending. If projected spending exceeds certain targets, Obamacare requires IPAB to issue legislative proposals to reduce future spending. Those proposals could include drastic cuts that jeopardize seniors access to care, leading some critics to label IPAB a death panel.
But the really dangerous part is that these are not mere proposals. Obamacare requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to implement them which means they become law automatically unless Congress takes certain steps to head them off. Congress may replace the Boards proposal with its own cuts, at least initially. But Obamacare requires a three-fifths vote in the Senate to pass any replacement that spends more than the Boards proposal. In other words, to override IPABs proposal completely, opponents must assemble a simple majority in the House and a three-fifths majority in the Senate and the presidents signature.
That makes IPAB more than an advisory board. Its a super-legislature whose members are more powerful than members of Congress. If eight members of Congress propose a bill, all thats necessary to block it is a majority of either chamber, or one-third of either chamber plus the president.
Worse, Obamacare forbids Congress to repeal IPAB outside of a brief window in the year 2017 and even then requires a three-fifths supermajority in both chambers plus a presidential signature. Under Obamacare, after 2017 Congress could repeal Medicare, but not the board it created to run Medicare. Congress and the states could repeal the Bill of Rights but not IPAB.
What kind of laws will these super-legislators impose? Obamacare supposedly prohibits these super-legislators from raising taxes or rationing care. Yet those restrictions are unenforceable and meaningless. For instance, the statute lets IPAB define rationing and protects that definition along with the secretarys implementation of IPABs edicts from administrative or judicial review. The prohibition on raising taxes is likewise toothless. IPAB can raise taxes as surely as it can cut Medicare spending.
In effect, Obamacare gives IPAB the power to raise taxes, spend money, place conditions on federal grants to states, and exercise other powers the Constitution reserves solely to Congress. If the Supreme Court upholds Obamacares mandated Medicaid expansion, states may soon see IPAB imposing similar mandates on states. And if President Obama fails to appoint any IPAB members, all these powers fall to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius...
Coming soon to a hospital near you.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that dehydration is a painful thing—very painful.....
Time is being wasted.
To even have this discussion shows how disgusting and vile humanity has become.
Why not just stab ‘em to death? Why make them suffer? Afraid you will spend too much washing the sheets?
D!ckhead...hope its you one day.....
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If you don't have money or insurance, you should die. Who is willing to pay for the deadbeats?
Why in hell did the Brits try to defend themselves in WW2?
The Nazis would have provided the same standard of “medical care” for them....
Changing Pattern of Feeding and Hydration Needs in Terminal Care
Dehydration is nature at work and can bring relief from distressing symptoms such as
Vomiting from increased stomach secretions
Pressure from the tumor causing pain
Shortness of breath
There are certain circumstances where some of these statements may be true, but to use this across the board to discourage or refuse simple IV hydration among all cancer patients is wrong.
I won't even go into the details of the battle we had to fight just to get her the IV in the first place.
All you need is a fast and loose definition of dementia.
Look up how Yuri Andropov utilized the “psychiatric hospitals”.
Food and water are basic human rights, not medical treatments that can arbitrarily be withdrawn at whim. Denying folks water and food is murder.
By the way, this is a pro-Life forum.
The NAZIs began with terminating the patients they thought were a drain on society and then expanded that program to gypsies, Jews, and further expanded it to troublemakers and those who refused to go along with the program.
The Weather Underground figured they would need to kill 25 million Americans who would refuse to be “re-educated”.
Under ObamaCare, voting for the wrong party might eventually be interpreted as a sign of dementia...
Why any retiree or anyone nearing retirement would vote for Obama is beyond comprehension.
Shut up, scumbag.
To offer government healthcare, then to use that system to kill patients negates any justification for it in the first place.
At this point, religions need to enter the situation as “no kill” caregivers, who, while not offering technological dehumanization, either, will only tolerate natural death.
The only thing the government has to do is to offer people a choice. It does not want to do this, because now it has an effective monopoly over life and death. And it invariably chooses death.
Hmmm. At the other end of the default process, we could dehydrate the more educated members of the political sturgeon class.
Dementia patient don’t actually require much “medical care” — they just need plain old care from nurses’ aides and plain old caregivers. So, the whole premise is buncomb.