Central Planning: Moving in for the Kill.
“…the most important change which extensive government control produces, is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.”
Friedrich Hayak, Preface 1956, Road to Serfdom
The word on the street, in the hall, over the table is: “Stay out of American Healthcare.”
Daily, reports are coming in regarding bogus testing, a plethora of drugs being prescribed, failure to listen to patient insights, failure to return phone calls, failure to review or access patient records, and failure of confident care; endless check a block testing, auto refills, and a carousel of appointments for those that have “good health insurance” and an HSA that can be milked like a cow.
Seniors on Medicare, those on Social Security Disability, home health nursing and others with “not so good insurance” are being prematurely discharged after they have been pharmacologically saturated, leaving blood pressures dangerously low, appetites non-existent, and thus, not even able to ambulate on their own. These folks are told, “you’re not progressing rapidly enough”, “you’ve met your ration cap”, “we need more codes”…. “your insurance kicked you out.”
When education and healthcare went the Third party payment plan, both became weapons of mass destruction.
“That’s progress” so they claim. Infanticide, abortion, human sacrifice, sterilization, eugenics, euthanasia, ethnic cleansing, doctor assisted suicide, and just plain suicide are certainly not new innovations into mankind.
Ancient and modern pagans have long practiced infanticide, offering live children as sacrifices, throwing virgins into volcanoes, burning themselves as sacrifices, and removing “defectives” and “ineffectives” from the gene pool. Plato recommended this practice for his Republic. The Spartans did the same. Romans, Europeans, Asians, The Middle East, Africans, Islanders etc. have histories of pagan human sacrifice and continue to do so.
Many philanthropists and scientists in the United States were enamored with eugenics and forced sterilization in the early twentieth century, so much so that 32 of the United States enacted compulsory sterilization laws, Indiana being the first to do so in 1907. https://dawnkazmierzak.net/2014/07/17/double-trouble-a-tale-of-two-republics-eugenics-genetics-and-history-repeating/
Here in Hoosierland that fact should be an embarrassment and a reminder.
The lack of this insight is also evidence of the gullibility gap that often accompanies a passive, naïve, trusting, government indoctrinated, state-“educated” people. The product of mind and moral holocaust of Dewey, the Department of Ed and entertainment media the last century.
Oregon, Washington, and Vermont already permit physician-assisted suicide. Eighteen (18) states and the District of Columbia are currently considering legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium (even without parental consent), allow euthanasia and Switzerland allows physician assisted suicide.
(Technicality clarification: in euthanasia the doctor intentionally kills the patient; in physician-assisted suicide, the doctor prescribes the drugs to the patient to kill himself or herself or someone else. See how this ‘spread the blame’ works? The doc writes for it, the pharmaceutical company makes it, the pharmacy sells it, the insurance company pays for it, and the patient commits suicide or has someone else help them do so. And spreads the mental anguish, guilt, and yes, sin.)
One must clarify the “legalizing” part, as multitudes of evidence point to the fact that pharmacologic suicide is already happening in droves via pharmacologic overdosing, drug interactions, and multiple meds prescribed to the majority of senior citizens. Again, the devastation of third party payment entering the realm of “healthcare.”
Which precipitates a reminder of the generally proven categories of economist Milton Friedman regarding: How carefully folks spend money.
- Most scrupulous care is given when spending your own money on yourself.
- Considerable care when spending your own money on someone else.
- Minimal care when spending someone else’s money on yourself.
- And worst of all…the least care is given when spending someone else’s money on someone else.
Categories 3 and 4 go by the name of plunder, legal or bogus philanthropy. These are our bureaucratic administrative-laden welfare state, in which few labor and most just redistribute other people’s resources to someone else.
Thus, the compelling case for rationing, behavioral conditioning, and elimination of recipients of “care” when the metrics analyses don’t reveal “productive” cost benefit results.
It’s only common sense….well, obviously it is not common sense.
It used to be common sense (before the New Deal, fed led ed, affirmative action, fiat currency, a host of socialist workers, administrators and the welfare state) to recognize that you can’t get something for nothing.
Back in the olden days, when folks thought for a living, they also worked for a living. Folks could read, write and do the math. They knew individuals could not expect to have a free ride, endless visits to the doctor, the hospital, the therapist, the pharmacist, the counselor, the emergency room…blah, blah, blah and not expect to pay for these “services”. Themselves. And they did. Until the government intervened as the Third party redistributor of taxpayer funds, for both education and healthcare.
Whenever government money gets attached to anything, it implodes. First it explodes exponentially, as every Tom, Dick and Harry signs up for the program as a distributor and every man, woman and child gets labeled with all sorts of labels, codes and conditions that pay. Or used to pay, until someone(s) does the math, the capital gets eaten, the coffers run dry, and the oasis mirage evaporates to desert sand. While the natives continue to watch the gladiator games, play on the Internet in virtual socialite land, and the socialites tweet for more socialism. (With High Definition, wrinkles don’t pay so well)
So, how did this happen?
Just like it happened every other time. Propaganda feeds the gullible lemmings the utopia lines, and the wide-eyed creatures, holding their young in hand, follow eagerly in step to the gas chambers. First they soak up all manner of promising, amusing, “educational”, entertaining literary and media trash. The propagandists spoon-feed bizarre new definitions of “life”, “meaningful life”, environmentalism, “rights”, “quality of life”, bogus research, with bogus scientists at the helm spouting men as evolved from primordial muck, yet credentialing certain muck men as gods over the lives of other men. Hmmmm… how well does that work with Friedman’s care categories?
Just as the Nazi euthanasia program promoted the film “I-Accuse”, the United States’ documentaries promote euthanasia, suicide and other human sacrifices via films like “How to Die in Oregon”, lauded by film critics in the United States and socialist nations, like Germany.
“The ruling moral views will depend partly on the qualities that will lead individuals to success in a collectivist,
or totalitarian system and partly on the requirements of the totalitarian machine.”
“Once you admit that the individual is merely a means to serve the ends of the higher entity called society or the nation, most of those features of the totalitarian regimes which horrify us follow of necessity…
Where there is one common all-overriding end, there is no room for any general morals or rules….
Where a few specific ends dominate the whole of society, it is inevitable that occasionally cruelty may become a duty; that acts which revolt all our feeling, such as the shooting of a hostage or the killing of the old or sick, should be treated as mere matters of expediency; or that suggestions like that of a “conscription of women for breeding purposes” can be seriously contemplated.
There is always in the eyes of the collectivist a greater goal which these acts serve and which to him justifies them because the pursuit of the common end of society can know no limits in any rights or values of any individual.”
Friedrich Hayak, The Road to Serfdom, 1944.
American Leo Alexander, who helped with the prosecution of Nazis at the Nuremburg trials in 1949, was deeply disturbed by the parallels he saw already then, between Nazi medical mentality and doctors in America. His warnings echo prophetically true:
“The case therefore that I should like to make is that American medicine must realize where it stands in its fundamental premises. There can be no doubt that in a subtle way, the Hegelian premise of “what is useful is right” has infected society, including the medical portion of society. Physicians must return to their older premises.”
Unfortunately, the majority of medical research funding comes from socialist grant programs, linked with government aligned universities run with the care of categories #3 and #4 on Friedman’s rule; or pharmaceutical companies whose patents are running out and thus need to create more needs for more meds.
Most physician continuing education is from pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug reps that make a living off of pushing pills. Physicians are no longer free agents but are mere functionaries of the third party payment system, insurance companies and the government controlled “healthcare” system. I.e. Socialized medicine. Socialism need not “own” the business…it just needs to control it.
Sadly, most senior citizens, who entrusted their heirs to government education, and socialist academia, have been fertilized to “trust” in big government, big medicine, doctors and degreed folks as ‘gods’, a pill for everything and a sense of entitlement to keep receiving the utopian healthcare, for which they never provided the capital, yet was promised to them by some big charlatans.
A Godless society has no appreciation for the sanctity of human life, no morals and no utilitarian reason to keep the “unproductive” alive, (but for experimental research, self-aggrandizement or reprobate amusement). Such a society has no hope of survival.
Thank God, He has not left us in the hands of man, but has deposited His Life amidst the dead and the dying.
“Rescue those being led away to death;
Hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this.”
Does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not He who guards your life know it?
Will He not repay each person according to what He has done?”
Free to Choose, Milton and Rose Friedman
Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayak
Human Sacrifice, Essays in Religion, Politics and Morality, Lord Acton
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, by Ronald Reagan
Never to Forget, New York: HarperCollins, 1976:131.The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. London: Papermac, 1986 (Reprinted 1990)