When the Left and the mainstream media mocked Sarah Palin for blasting “death panels” hidden in the massive Obamacare legislation, most conservatives knew she was correct and that we were being lied to by the Administration and its cronies.
The only way a government medical system has of controlling costs is by limiting care, and it only stands to reason that the targets of this potentially fatal bean counting will be those who are among the weakest and most vulnerable — the elderly and children.
In an ominous foreshadowing of what lies ahead for America under Obamacare, the British have recently been shocked to learn that “death pathways” for elderly patients who are deemed unworthy of treatment are also being used for sick children.
The National Health Service has been sending children home from hospitals to die because treating them under the government health system would bust the budget.
The UK Daily Mail has reported that doctors in government hospitals have been instructed to withhold food and fluids from young patients and disabled newborns.
One doctor has admitted to killing at least 10 babies in the neonatal ward while following NHS guidelines. The starvation process can take an average of 10 days, according to the doctor’s article in the British Medical Journal.
Care is also being regularly withheld from severely ill cancer patients, the Mail reported.
This procedure for killing patients is euphemistically called the Liverpool Care Pathway and results in 130,000 deaths per year.
Government ministers have called for an independent inquiry into the LCP practices and will focus on whether cash bonuses to hospitals for hitting death targets have resulted in unjustified deaths.
An unnamed doctor who wrote in the BMJ about watching children die, described the case of one young couple whose child was born with severe defects and agreed to let doctors “put him on the pathway.”
“They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.
“Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think. … Parents and care teams are unprepared for the sometimes severe changes that they will witness in the child’s physical appearance as severe dehydration ensues.
“I know, as they cannot, the unique horror of witnessing a child become smaller and shrunken, as the only route out of a life that has become excruciating to the patient or to the parents who love their baby.”
Under the LCP for children, the babies may be sent home to die, with parents given a checklist of medicines and nutrients not to give their suffering child.
Pediatric Nurse Bernadette Lloyd wrote a letter to Department of Health complaining of the practice of doctors telling parents that the pathway is best for their child because caring for them is “futile.”
“The parents feel coerced, at a very traumatic time, into agreeing that this is correct for their child whom they are told by doctors has only a few days to live. It is very difficult to predict death. I have seen a reasonable number of children recover after being taken off the pathway. I have also seen children die in terrible thirst because fluids are withdrawn from them until they die.”
These sorts of monstrous programs are inevitable under government care.
And the recent re-election of President Obama guarantees this will be coming to a hospital near you as Obamacare takes root.