November 29, 2010
Here's a story that should surprise no one. Doctors across the country are cutting back on their treatment of the elderly because the government is cutting back on Medicare payments. Older people on Medicare must now wait months to get an appointment and, in some cases, specialists are refusing to see them at all.
"What can we do?" asks one doctor quoted in the Washington Post. What, indeed? Doctors have to stay in business. They have costs, especially high malpractice insurance premiums, which the Obama health care law doesn't address. That's because the trial lawyers give big political contributions to Democrats.
This is another step on the road to passive and possibly active euthanasia. When categories of life, beginning with the unborn, are deemed unworthy of living and without value, they will be allowed to die and then secretly killed for the greater good, of course. We'll accept it - just as we have abortion on demand. Give it time. Meanwhile, if you're old, or getting there, better stay in shape, or hope your doctor will still see you.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.