ObamaCare: 21st century gerrymandering?by Stephen Gordon
It’s a rare day that I don’t read some story about President Obama punishing some financial institution, auto manufacturer or responsible party for not playing along with his political agenda. It’s fairly common knowledge that the elderly are more likely to vote Republican than Democrat. While the main stream media seems ignorant of the fact, common sense dictates any insurance or public health care program will try to control costs by limiting the services and products available to patients. We now know how Obama feels about rationing health care for the elderly. As Matthew Vadum puts it:
So, old people: screw you. In the future Uncle Sam will put you on an ice floe and let you float away to your heavenly reward. It gives new meaning to the Latin phrase “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.” (In English, How sweet and glorious it is to die for one’s country.)
“If it’s my family member, it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care, ” President Obama said Wednesday night in response to being asked if he would allow his family members to have their health care options limited by government.
“We’re not going to solve every single one of these very difficult decisions at end of life,” Obama said while evading another answer on end-of-life care. “Ultimately that’s going to be between physicians and patients.”
He failed to mention that he would be the one controlling the purse strings available to the physicians and patients he mentioned.
Tying this all together, we know that end-of-life medical care costs are disproportionately high, the government already rations health care to the elderly and will be forced to do more of it should they take over a greater portion of the industry, Obama rewards his friends and punishes his enemies — and that the elderly are more likely to vote Republican than younger people.
Not that I’m suggesting that Obama would try to control the outcome of future elections by rationing health care options, but think about it. Reward some favored constituency here and punish some disfavored one there, especially if Paul is a Democrat and Peter is a Republican. And the easiest target of all for health care rationing would be senior citizens who tend to vote Republican.