Tuesday, August 11, 2009
While watching the nightly Fox News Channel programs cover the healthcare/mob/Pelosi/Hoyer/townhall debate, it dawned on me. There are people like Terri Schindler Schiavo who are icons of the dark side of Obamacare.
Terri Schiavo was the young Florida woman who went into a debilitative state after her heart stopped briefly in 1990. The heart stoppage was caused by a potassium deficiency brought on by a bout with bulimia. Terri's brain was deprived of oxygen, and she was of limited capabilities from that time.
A long legal battle was waged in the weeks before her death. Her husband, Michael, had insisted that Terri never wanted to live in such a state and petitioned to have her feeding tube removed and water withheld. Her family argued that Terri did respond to environmental stimuli and deserved to live. They begged Michael to sign Terri over to them, but to no avail. On March 18, 2005, Michael Schiavo won the right to remove Terri's feeding tube. She died 13 days later.
The issue of Terri Schiavo begs the question: What if this had occurred under the present administration? We can almost write the script.
Terri would be labeled an unproductive citizen of society. Government bureaucrats would order her medical care withheld as soon as she was accepted as a resident of the hospice. The euthanasia crowd would physically block her family from trying to save her.
Numerous accountants funded by George Soros would study the cost-effectiveness of Terri's care down to the last bed sheet used. When their reports were filed, her family's wishes and willingness to assume all responsibility for her care would matter not. Pro-death supporters would be on hand to verbally assault the family and call them fascists for wanting her to live. Their cries of "greedy family" would become the battle cry of the left.
The media would be on hand to make sure that all the pro-lifers were painted as a bunch of nuts with swastika tattoos. The SEIU and ACORN would be called upon to rough up those who dared speak out in defense of a brain-damaged woman who was being starved to death. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC would have a 24/7 live feed to the White House and Supreme Court to be able to identify those protesting Terri's demise.
As the end draws near, a call is made to the White House. Obama, never one to let a good crisis go to waste, boards Air Force One and flies directly to Tampa. Surrounded by Secret Service, the faithful left genuflect and lay down palm leaves during his walk to the entrance of the hospice. He steps inside as members of the Black Panthers quickly block the entrance.
Minutes later, the press is called to the entrance of the hospice. They quickly jockey for position in the rush to get first coverage of the events about to unfold. As they wait, prayers and hymns can be heard from the pro-life crowd who had been ordered to stay three blocks away. Suddenly, the doors open.
Obama steps to the podium full of microphones with a look of sadness on his face. He begins to speak.
"Fellow Americans, WE WON!" he says as he breaks into a smile.
The media no longer restrains their glee as Dear Leader raises his hand to the heavens while clutching a copy of the legislation responsible for this whole chain of events.
[UPDATE: I've been told about the story of Barbara Wagner and her dealings with the Oregon health system. It's a microcosm of what the left wants to implement nationwide. Thanks to Clay and Teresa for bringing it up!]