Old Age and Obama Care
by L. J. Martin (age 70)
See the video: Obama’s Death Panels
In Obama’s healthcare bill, the crowning achievement of his administration, the following is true: If you are taken to emergency with an aneurism or stroke, and are over 70 years of age, a committee made up of hospital administrative staff will have to approve your surgery, if needed. Until that approval happens (and it most likely won’t happen) you’ll be given “comfort care.” Comfort care consists of making you comfortable while you’re dying, and not costing the system to save your presumably worthless life. Instead of being operated on, you’ll be told to kiss your worthless old butt goodbye.
What has our country come to when the life of her citizens are “valued” as a result of their age?
The following are a few thoughts on the subject from folks far more erudite than me. And the accomplishments of a few who might have been let die had they be required to be treated in an “Obama” hospital.
“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” Confucius
“‘Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God…” Leviticus 19:32
“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee…” Exodus 20:12
“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” Job 12:12
“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” Proverbs 16:31
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you….” Deuteronomy 5:16
“You shall not murder,” The 6th Commandment
At the age of:
At age 70: Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence
71: Casey Stengel began managing the New York Mets
72: Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world.
73: Ronald Reagan was re-elected President of the United States
74: Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps began at attempt to construct the Suez Canal.
75: Warren Buffett (still working) set up a $30 billion contribution to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation & Barbara Hillar became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.
76: Authur Rubinstein gave a concert in London.
77: Grandma Moses started painting. John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.
78: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. gave his definition of the limits to free speech. He said “the First Amendment would not protect someone falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”
79: Peter Oakley, known as Geriatric1927, is the marketing guru of the Zimmers, a 40-strong band with an average age of 78. The Zimmers gained a cult following after posting their cover of the Who’s My Generation on YouTube. Oakley’s video diary ranked as ninth overall on YouTube’s Most Subscribed List. Actor Jimmy Stewart worked to enhance public appreciation and understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Asa A. Long became the oldest U.S. checkers champion.
80: Jessica Tandy became the oldest Oscar recipient for her work in Driving Miss Daisy. George Burns became the second oldest Oscar recipient for his work in The Sunshine Boys. American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes published Over the Teacups, which displayed his characteristic vitality and wit. Christine Brown of Laguna Hills, California flew to China and climbed the Great Wall. Paul Newman earned an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Empire Falls in 2005. Dick Van Dyke appeared in the movie, A Night at the Museum. Sir George Martin (along with his son Giles) co-produced the Beatles’ album Love, the soundtrack to a Cirque du Soleil play. Clint Eastwood: The actor, director, and producer, 80, has been involved in quite a few Oscar-nominated projects of late, and plans to direct until he’s 100 or older.
81: Barbara McClintock won the Nobel Prize in “Physiology or Medicine” for the discovery of genetic tranposition.
82: The renowned writer and thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished writing Faust, with which he had begun experimenting more than 60 years earlier. William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire. Legendary blues singer Alberta Hunter performed at a Greenwich Village nightclub, making a remarkable musical comeback. James Cagney came back from twenty years of retirement to appear in the film Ragtime. Winston Churchill wrote A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Leo Tolstoy wrote I Cannot Be Silent. Rita Roherty hit 91 of 100 clay pigeons to take third place in a shotgun competition. Venus Ramey balanced on her walker and fired her handgun to shoot out an intruder’s tires. Ramey, winner of the 1944 Miss America pageant, confronted the man on her Kentucky farm and disabled his vehicle so he couldn’t escape. Legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet directed Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke.
90: Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre museum. Pablo Picasso was still producing drawings and engravings. Chemist Paul Walden was still giving chemistry lectures.
100: Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book, Portrait of My Victorian Youth, when she was 102 years old.
And I could go on several million times in this country alone.
Among other catastrophic results of Obama Care, those doctors with ethics will be driven out of the profession. I cannot imagine any of the many fine docs I personally know standing by while awaiting the approval of a committee to do what they’ve been highly trained to do…save lives, regardless of the age of the patient.
L. J. Martin is the 70 year old author of the conservative blog From the Pea Patch, and of 30 fiction and non-fiction works. He lives in Montana with his wife, an NYT bestselling internationally published author. See more at L. J. Martin .com.