Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist with 540 newspapers in the United States and abroad
carrying the column. For two years he hosted his own show on CNBC. It was nominated for a Cable Ace award as the best
interview program on cable. He is an analyst for the Fox News Channel and appears weekly as a panelist on "Fox News
Watch." Thomas is an author of ten books and his latest is, "The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas."
it: With Obama's administration, America mistakenly took the exit labeled "Exit 101: Nationalized Healthcare." We
must get America back on the right track!
What is nationalized healthcare? Nationalized
healthcare rips control from consumers and allows dictatorship by a confusing, ungracious government. As proven in
countries like the U.K., nationalized healthcare decides who receives medical care and who doesn't. To put it bluntly:
The government decides who lives and who dies! (e.g. As proven in other countries, the elderly
are commonly rejected and denied life-saving treatments.)
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As Americans, we must educate ourselves about the dangers of nationalized
healthcare. We must pray, work hard, and fight to protect our country from it.
But there is hope! Read this
edition of Unite the USA to learn about nationalized healthcare and alternatives to it. Don't give up! With God as our help,
we can reignite patriotism and unite the USA!
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
About A Stimulus For Life?|
|By Cal Thomas|
Tribune Media Services
Thanks to former Lieutenant Governor of New York Betsy McCaughey and
her recent essay on Bloomberg.com entitled "Ruin Your Health with the Obama Stimulus Plan," we know of another problem
with the just-passed stimulus bill, one that may threaten the lives of many Americans.
McCaughey discovered buried in
the bill a new bureaucracy called the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. Among other things, it means
that a Washington official will "monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems
appropriate and cost effective." Some of that occurs now, but this would take it to a whole new level.
idea comes straight from former HHS nominee Tom Daschle's 2008 book "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis"
in which he says that doctors are going to have to give up their autonomy and "learn to operate less like solo practitioners."
Inevitably, this means the government will decide who gets life-saving treatment and who doesn't. It is survival of the fittest
in practice. Thank you, and belated happy birthday, Charles Darwin.
In 1979, six years after Roe v. Wade, philosopher
and theologian Dr. Francis Schaeffer and the about-to-be surgeon general of the United States, Dr. C. Everett Koop, wrote
a book, "Whatever Happened to the Human Race?" In chapter three, "Death by Someone's Choice," the authors
write, "Will a society which has assumed the right to kill infants in the womb - because they are unwanted, imperfect,
or merely inconvenient - have difficulty in assuming the right to kill other human beings, especially older adults who are
judged unwanted, deemed imperfect physically or mentally, or considered a possible social nuisance?"
should be surprised at the coming embrace of euthanasia. After the Supreme Court deprived the unborn of their right to live
by declaring them nonpersons, it was only a matter of time before other categories of human life deemed to be inconvenient
or unwanted would also face extermination in order to benefit the government, the healthy and the wealthy, who prefer not
to be disturbed in their pursuit of pleasure, personal peace and affluence.
Schaeffer and Koop predicted "the
next candidates for arbitrary reclassification as nonpersons are the elderly." That 30-year-old prophecy, deemed hyperbole
and alarmist by many at the time, now seems to be coming true. In 1993, Hillary Clinton, as chair of the Task Force on National
Health Care Reform, pushed the bureaucratic-heavy Clinton Health Care Plan, quickly labeled "HillaryCare," which
was long on government oversight, short on patient choice. A Democratic Congress defeated it a year later. Now we have the
National Coordinator of Health Information Technology and a Democratic Congress and President Barack Obama appear ready to
resume their assault on all but the fit and those who do not burden government with their need for treatment. "Medicare
now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective," writes McCaughey. "The stimulus bill would change that and apply
a cost-effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council."
I called Koop, who is now 92. He reminded me that
in 1988 he had an ailment that left him a quadriplegic. Surgery restored his limbs, but "if I'd lived in England, I would
have been nine years too old to have the surgery that saved my life and gave me another 21 years." Koop fears the United
States is about to embrace English socialized medicine with government authorities deciding who lives and who dies. He says
the idea of government second-guessing doctors sickens him.
Great inhumanities are usually ushered in at the extremes
in order to make the public more accepting. Abortion on demand followed the 1973 Roe v. Wade case where Norma McCorvey, Jane
Roe, "alleged" she had been raped, resulting in pregnancy. Technology allows people to abort a "defective"
baby in the womb, "selectively reduce" implanted embryos to the desired number, or even abort a female when a male
Euthanasia will not originate with your beloved grandmother or parents. It will start in a public hospital
with a 100-year-old woman who has multiple health problems and "wants" to die so as not to "burden" anyone.
Public opinion polls will determine that a majority favor letting - even helping - the old girl die.
are times when a patient and his family may decide to forego treatment and allow death to occur, but that decision should
not be made by a government official. Once that door is opened (as it was with abortion) there will be no closing it and dying
will become a patriotic duty when the patient's balance sheet shows a deficit.
They'll probably have a clergyman
available to bless the government's decision and make everyone feel better about it.