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The "Death Panel" Decides...

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Aug 10, 2009

On Friday Sarah Palin wrote the following provocative words on her facebook page:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society" whether they are worthy of healthcare. Such a program is downright evil.

Governor Palin has a frightening and specific cause to be concerned, as do all Americans.

We are all painfully aware of Barack Obama's appointment of over 40 czars without the Constitutionally mandated confirmation by the Senate. These people are Obama's advisors, the leaders of the programs he initiates and the ones who decide how to handle dissenters.

Prov. 13:20 states "He who walks with the wise becomes wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." The phrase "suffers harm" comes from a word that means "to become evil, to be made worse."

A fool is defined in the Bible as the person who says there is no God. I think we are being fair with Scripture to also include those who redefine who God is and who usurp roles which God has reserved only for Himself, including the choice of who lives and who dies.

It seems that our President has surrounded himself with people who believe they have the wisdom to make decisions which our Founders clearly left in the purview of God.

Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, one of Obama's top healthcare advisors and brother of Rahm Emmanuel who is the President's Chief of Staff, co-authored an article earlier this year entitled "Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions" It outlines four principles:

  1. Treating people equally - which suggests a lottery type system, because it is "hard to corrupt." In other words, let's just roll the dice to see who gets treatment first!
  2. Prioritarianism - treating the youngest first because "they have had the least life." In other words: Good luck Granny, here's another pill!
  3. Utilitarianism -maximizes the most life-years produced
  4. Promoting and rewarding social usefulness. - In Ezekiel Emmanuel's own words, and reminiscent of members of the Third Reich: Include only irreplaceable people who have suffered serious losses. God, help us stop this madness!

Under this system, patients would receive scarce care according to the graph shown below.


If Obama's Healthcare Czar implements this system, God help the very old and the very young. Is this what you want? Sarah Palin put into words what millions are thinking: what will happen to me or my loved one if government bureaucrats decide that my/their life isn't worth saving prolonging? Do we really want a government bureaucrat making these decisions?

In a 1996 Hastings Center article, Dr. Emanuel wrote the following:

"Procedurally, it suggests the need for public forums to deliberate about which health services should be considered basic and should be socially guaranteed. Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity-those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations-are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

This is an EVIL plan that places little to no value on human life, if it happens to be pre-born, very young or elderly. Let's also ask who decides who has "contributed" enough to society to warrant enough personal value to receive proper healthcare in the proper amount of time?

Often people with special needs contribute priceless unconditional love and kindness to others. There are millions of Americans who can understand what Sarah Palin is courageous enough to say: what about my loved ones? Will they be considered worthy or will they be left to suffer and/or ultimately die?

 Dr. Emanuel has also said that in order to save money, doctors must "eliminate the Hippocratic Oath, which has been the foundation of medicine for centuries, and give more attention to cost when delete treating patients." He advocates rationing care to worthy patients who "need it most." This man and others who think like him are advising our President!

The time to act is NOW!!!  If you believe that God, not Government, should decide who lives and dies, please fax (see the link below), email and call our Congressmen. You can find contact information at www.Congress.org. We have to attend our Town Hall Meetings and express our outrage at the little value placed on human life in this Orwellian healthcare plan. If we are not motivated to action by this outrage, God help us! The time to act is NOW.

You can read the entire article that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel co-authored by selecting the following link: www.NCPA.org/pdfs/PIIS0140673609601379.pdf

Select here to send a fax to all 535 Congressmen and tell them to vote no on the President's $1.6 trillion takeover of health care. Now is not the time to be silent.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!




I remain...Your servant and friend,

Pastor Rick Scarborough


Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes. - 2 Chronicles 19:7

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