Last time I mentioned the threat that Universal Healthcare poses to kids like Zoe, one commenter mentioned "I hope that the patient's rights and wishes will be number one in the medical staff's decisions. I have faith in Pres. Obama. He is a father and has overcome a lot in his life. I believe he truly cares about ALL Americans regardless of race, religion, or financial status."
Another said, "Do you think those 50 million deserve health care less than Zoe?
Do you think God wants them to have less then Zoe? How lucky Zoe is to be born in to a family where you have resources even if they are not perfect, but really do you think some people don't deserve health care? It sounds like You think the draconian decision should be against the 50 million who are not you."
Fast forward to today, and the current "stimulus" bill that will soon be adopted into law. One of the stimuli that will soon be law, according to this op/ed in Bloomberg, provides for "medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors."
My response: good to great. I observed physicans and nurses at the same hospital who weren't aware of what had happened in previous shifts or days or weeks. For sure, Zoe's pediatrician and the hospital sharing information would have been and would still be a great step forward.
But then the bill goes on to establish a bureau to oversee those records. "One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions."
Dr. Frommelt told us that Zoe's surgery - performed with care in a private health care system - was the discussion of surgeons and ethicists. What now? What if the decision is put in the same hands of the government that allows for and funds abortion, including late-term abortions?
Appropriate and cost effective would be to let the little girl with the death sentence die. I'll break it to her when she wakes up from her nap. On, stimulus! On!