April 29 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said his grandmother’s hip-replacement surgery during the final weeks of her life made him wonder whether expensive procedures for the terminally ill reflect a “sustainable model” for health care.
Also, here is a portion of an interview with David Leonhardt of the Times:
THE PRESIDENT: So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right?I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.
DAVID LEONHARDT: So how do you — how do we deal with it?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now.
Some of you (Dad) may have watched the Glen Beck special documentary on Friday. It is about some of the dictators of the 20th century: Stalin, Che, Hitler, and Mao.
Eugenics was a key piece of their way of governing. It seems so primitive and unthinkable, but here we are, interpreted from the words of our president, that some people's lives aren't worth living. When your quality of life goes down and you're costing the system too much, it's time to go. You're not worth it.
Who is an "ethicist" anyways? God's law is written on our hearts. If our leaders have to go to an ethicist to see if it's morally okay to withhold care to the old and weak, our society has problems far greater than the threats of war and misfortune. Who hires the ethicist? It seems to me the only "ethicist" worthy of consultation is God himself. In His Word, we see that Jesus was a champion of the old, weak, sick, and disabled. He didn't dispose of them; he loved them and saved them.