Time for the Elderly to Check Out?
The US Health Insurance Assault on Canadian Medicare
Global Research, August 28, 2009
There’s nothing new about the US health insurance industry attacking Canadian Medicare. Back in the eighties, Burson Marsteller, PR front for the US industry, worked from its Toronto offices to publicly undermine the confidence of Canadians in their treasured Medicare program – a program which, according to the US industry, was “the largest unopened oyster in Canada”.
Now, two decades later, as President Obama seeks to bring a universal single-payer system to the United States, the inevitable response is in full swing. Back in the sixties, when first Saskatchewan, and then Canada, were precariously inching their way towards universal single-payer health care, there were two extremes of doctors: the ones who fled to the United States to maximize their income under a profit-based system, and the ones who arrived from Britain to break the Canadian doctors’ strike, and who worked for nothing to support the fledgling humanitarian principle: universal health care coverage affordable by all. (See Malcolm Taylor’s dramatic history of the struggle to bring Medicare to Canada.)
The resulting Medicare system is Canada’s most treasured social program, and has become a “defining national characteristic”.
Canada’s response to the current battle waging in the US can perhaps best be summed up in a recent eight-minute video of a celebration of Canadian Medicare, featuring, among others, former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow, and Commissioner of the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (2003).
For example, 16 % of GDP the US pays on health care, with one-seventh of its people completely uninsured, is staggeringly high compared to 30 OECD countries, mostly in Europe, whose average health insurance cost is 8.9% of GDP. No wonder the US health industry is employing attack ads against other systems: it stands to lose 7% of GDP.
If Americans believe the grossly misleading advertisements about Canada, they deserve no better than what they are presently getting: 16% of GDP spent on a system with hospitals half-full, and over 45 million people completely uninsured.
The unfortunate tragedy is, that instead of viewing other models and expecting its government to provide a universal social safety net against illness, the US people allows its corporations to run an unfettered, profit-driven “devil take the hindmost” catastrophe.
At least that’s how some other countries see it.*******
By Betty Freauf
August 25, 2009
Many years ago I ran into this TV program I believed to be for children. I remember watching this young dinosaur pushing his elderly grandma in a wheel chair. It seems the old grandma’s time had come for her to check in at the tar pit and apparently it was his duty to dump her. I never watched it again and I only saw it for a short segment. I never forgot that scenario but it came to my mind when I read about the portion of Obama’s health plan including “end of life” voluntary death counseling and Obama himself recommending maybe grandma should take a pain pill rather than have expensive surgery. Or did Obama see the movie on Family T.V. that I saw in 2001 about how the Eskimo elderly when they get to old to be productive, the whole family escorts them to an iceberg where they float out to sea and have “death with dignity?” He is happy to set sail before he starts embarrassing himself. The old man says as he floats off, “If there is a change in policy in the next couple of weeks, be sure to track me down.”
British psychologist John Rawlings Rees, head of the Tavistock Institute in the 1930s and 40s once bragged he could create a psychological environment that forced people to let go of even firmly entrenched beliefs using “controlled stress” experiments.  The “doctors” Hitler used for Eugenics were brought to the U.S. by universities to perfect their methods and marketing schemes. In November 2002 Oregon’s then Governor John Kitzhaber declared a Human Rights day acknowledging and apologizing to the 2,600 Oregonians who were sterilized by the state between 1917 – 1981. The German people were like we are today – Constitutional illiterates unfamiliar with the laws and our God-given rights. Hitler could only dream of TV marketing, spy websites and national DNA databases kick started by the feds revealing facts that make some individuals less useful to society.
I recognize now the dinosaur TV flick was a type of desensitizing of our young people making it easier for them to pull the plug on the elderly – all part of the United Nations population reduction plan by whatever means necessary. Kitzhaber apologized for sterilization but is pro-abort on the infanticide movement and has been silent on the death education classes in some public schools since the early 80s and now being taught to children in kindergarten. After the April 20, 1999 Columbine High massacre in Littleton, Colorado it was discovered the school taught the classes. The Department of Defense considers young people who have been on anti-depressant mind-altering drugs such as Ritalin, Luvox, Prozac, and Zoloft are ”damaged goods” and cannot enlist in the military.
Erik Harris, 18, was on some of these drugs. He was told shortly before the massacre he could not join the military. Dyland Keibold, 17, was the other shooter. More copycat school shootings followed and no one seemed able to uncover a meaning or solution for the Columbine massacre so marking the first anniversary of the shooting President Bill Clinton announced $120 million in new federal grants to place more police officers in schools and help even the youngest kids cope with their problems. Finally, in 2003 the Child Medication Safety Act was passed preventing school personnel from forcing children to take mind -altering medication that caused these suicidal tendencies.
In the Old Testament, Jeremiah 32:35 tells about their sons and their daughters passing through the fire into Molech. This culture of death seemed to begin in New Testament times in the U.S. with Roe vs Wade in the 1973 Supreme Court decision. Since that decision, advocates of traditional family values that were once mainstream are now the extremists. The world’s leading advocates of family planning are the Rockefellers. The Rockefeller Foundation gave $500,000 to the Population Council and $25,000 to the Population Crisis committee and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund donated $250,000 to the Population Council and $25,000 to the Population Institute in 1973 – the year of Roe vs. Wade. 
Thank God my husband and I are in good health but when he received advertisements in the mail for adult diapers and I received an invitation to join the socialist AARP, we decided it was time to think about burial plots. The future seems uncertain. We hear the President’s garrulous comments about health care saying one thing one day and something else another day. James 1:8 in the Bible says a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways which makes Obama very unreliable as a leader. We agree reform is needed but should we be throwing the baby out with the bath water? Many states have already addressed health care. Does Obamacare address tort reform and corruption? We must remain vigilant. If the Obama administration doesn’t get a health care bill passed by hook or by crook, expect legislation to be passed that will implement it piece meal.
Oregon’s former Senate president and later governor, John Kitzhaber, an emergency room physician, helped create the Oregon Health Plan in 1994. He said the “incremental health care will ultimately allow everyone access to health care.” (Don’t overlook that word “incremental”). By 1999 the Human Resources funding had increased primarily due to the phase-in costs of the Oregon Health Plan. By January 2000 fewer smokers who were being taxed for each pack of cigarettes meant $8 million less for the Oregon Health Plan and Oregon’s health care plan struggled financially but then miraculously the Democrat-controlled 2009 Oregon legislature expanded the health care plan.
Oregon has one of the highest unemployment rates but Democrat Governor Ted Kulonski defied both the recession and national trends and signed it adding the first of 80,000 children and 35,000 adults onto coverage starting October 1. New taxes on hospitals and health insurance premiums, matched with federal money, they claim will bring in an estimated $1.1 billion in the current two-year budget to pay for the expansion. Of 13 states that have proceeded this year to expand coverage, Oregon will be adding the most people so why the rush to Universal Health care? In addition, the 8/16/2009 Statesman Journal reported that federal matches through Medicaid and the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Congress recently expanded, will put up $2 or more for every dollar raised by the state. But beware of that federal money. What the federal government “giveth”, it can also “taketh” leaving the state taxpayers holding the bag.
Kathy Brown in a guest opinion in the 8/21/2009 Statesman Journal wrote she is the wife of a retired military man with “government insurance.” She needed repair to her bladder. After two years of trying to find a doctor who would honor her “government insurance” (many won’t take military health care patients because government insurance pays less than Medicare), in July she finally had the five-hour laparoscopic procedure using a robot which required use of a surgery room, anesthesiologist and the expertise of her doctor and staff and she was sent home with a catheter just 24 hours following the surgery. The total for her hospital stay was $42,347.10. Her insurance paid $8,495.71. More and more doctors are turning down Medicare patients and with Universal Health care we’ll have a doctor shortage. So the only way the Obamacare can expand coverage to more people is by rationing health care for the elderly and others who are no longer “producers” but “consumers.”
Many people opposing this Obamacare are Great Depression babies and have parents who told them of the shortages and the misery they endured under this social engineering plan by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their parents had no credit cards. They saved their money and didn’t squander it on materialistic things and I believe most of their children followed in their footsteps. Some parents may still be alive but it is their children who turn out by the droves to vote. They remember Democrat president FDR’s Social Security was initially “voluntary” until it became compulsory which brings us to the dilemma we now find with a bankrupt system.
The elderly did not ask for Social Security. It was forced upon them. It was Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Democratically controlled House and Senate who later took the “trust fund” and transferred those funds to the general fund and Congress spent it leaving the elderly with worthless IOUs. In addition, when a young parent dies, the children are each given a monthly Social Security check until they are 18 based on the earnings of the deceased parent. Initially it was 21. One widow mother told me in 2003 she got $900 a month for each of her four daughters. She can remarry but so long as the new husband doesn’t adopt the children, they still get their checks. People who become disabled without disability insurance, often due to their own dangerous choice of lifestyles, receive disability checks from S.S. The “Octomon” Nadya Suleman is receiving S.S disability payments to help pay for her children’s care.
And then LBJ created Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 with his “Great Society.” Seniors were forced into Medicare and deductions were taken from paychecks before the worker was even eligible for it. And then Republican President George W. Bush not wanting to be outdone by the Democrats who proposed all these unconstitutional entitlements, gave us the prescription drug program and now the Beltway Democrat elected officials who have their own premium health insurance plans want to reform the health care crisis on the backs of the seniors.
Liberal Oregon has often been chosen for experimental cases and the culture of death continued when in 1994 Oregon became the first state to approve “death with dignity” (aka Euthanasia). Oregon Democrat Congressman Earl Blumenauer is one of the authors of Section 1233 (death panels) in the House health care bill and a major proponent of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The state of Washington approved it in November 2008. I believe most voters thought this legislation would mean they wouldn’t have to be hooked up to humiliating tubes comatose at the end of their lives.
It was the 1973 Roe –vs- Wade case approving abortions that began a slippery slope about which pro-lifers tried to warn. What started with first trimester abortions was soon extended for any excuse including partial birth abortions. Subsequently Oregon was in the spotlight. A series of newspaper interviews with Dr. Jack Kevorkian about his homemade suicide device caught the attention of Janet Adkins from Portland who, according to a 6/6/1990 New York Times article, contacted him. They met at a restaurant near his home in Holly, Mich. He explained the procedure to her at dinner and later, the victim of Alzheimer’s pressed the button and died.
Kevorkian, a longtime advocate of euthanasia and other unconventional views figured he might eventually be arrested and he was. He went to jail for going further and actively performing the killing himself on others. During the press conference Kevorkian advocated legalizing such active killing in order to assure patients “freedom of choice” and some people wondered how long it would be before it would be a duty to die? Oregon now has a “Hospice shoot” similar to the tar pit noted in the story above and a precursor to the Clinton and now Obamacare. Is it possible many of those same voters who voted for “death with dignity” and may also believe a woman has “freedom of choice” to abort her unborn baby are now protesting Obamacare’s “duty to die” because it is their mortality they are facing? What goes around comes around!