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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Healthcare and the disadvantaged...

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life advocates with children with disabilities are concerned about the rationing found in the health care "reform" bills pending in Congress. They say the legislation puts the U.S. in league with nations like Canada and the U.K. where health care rationing is much more prevalent.

In the Senate, pro-life advocates have tried to stop rationing but were unsuccessful. The major bill in the House has also been a cause for concern.

Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America, is the founder of Healthcare for Gunner to identify the kind of rationing her disabled son would face because of his cystic fibrosis.

She and other parents of disabled children joined pro-life Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Trent Franks for a press conference outside Congress today.

“I want my family and my doctor to control my son’s healthcare decision, not a government-appointed committee,” she told LifeNews.com.

“Should President Obama get his way, the life of my son, and millions across the country who are elderly, chronically ill, or require expensive medical treatment, will be at the hands of some bureaucrat in Washington," she said.

Jeanne Devine Bolewitz, mother of Josh, a patient with Down Syndrome, also joined the dozen other parents of children with disabilities.

“When rationing begins, you all will look at my son and other people with disabilities and may wonder what kind of drain he is imposing on this new limited system or wonder what he’s taking away from you,” she said.

The parents want Obama and Congress to know that it will be their children and their families who will suffer the most and be denied critical care under current health care reform plans.

They issued a white paper on the effects of rationing as well as a letter to President Obama and House and Senate Leadership detailing the severe repercussions of comparative effectiveness and Washington bureaucrats deciding who gets to live and who gets to die.

They told LifeNews.com that, to see how rationing of health care would work for the disabled, people should look no further than other countries that have similar systems, like Canada and the United Kingdom.

They pointed to the premature birth of a baby last week in England where doctors refused to provide medical care because the government would not allow it.

The mother said she was shocked “to discover that another child, born in the U.S. at 21 weeks and six days into her mother's pregnancy, had survived.”

Barb Farlow spoke today about her daughter, Annie, who was born with a genetic condition associated with grim statistics and serious disabilities. Annie died in a Canadian hospital 80 days after her birth. Barb investigated and was horrified at the results.

“We later discovered that no diagnostic tests had been done and a “do not resuscitate order” was written before we had provided consent," she said.

She added: "The discovery that our fundamental, parental rights had been violated in such a manner without cause has left us shocked and devastated. Sadly, we believe that to our medical system Annie was not a child but a label with associated statistics and a price tag. We will never know Annie’s potential and so we grieve her death and the life she might have had.”

My two sons are autistic, the older noticeably so while his brother is not so much. They both require speech therapy, occupational therapy (for fine motor skills), physical therapy for the older boy.

For these two boys Obamacare won't necessarily become a life-or-death issue. But the rationing of healthcare resources could have a very drastic impact on how well they eventually fit into the mainstream of society. For our oldest it could mean the difference between living independently or getting warehoused in some state run snakepit.

Everyday I say prayers that my children will be protected from all harm, since last November the fervor of those prayers have increased.

The damned government works for the people, we shouldn't be afraid of what it might do.

2 comments:

Arby said...

My daughter is a cardiac kid. She was born with congenital heart defect that almost took her from us at 4 months of age. She is doing very well now at age five. Like your sons, she attends speech and OT. She passed out of PT a year ago. Several doctors have told us that based on what they have read from the bills pending in Congress, under Obama care my daughter would not have survived because she would not have been given the resources (surgery, medicine, machines, etc.) needed to save her life. She needs one more surgery if we want to see her survive her teen years. We are very afraid of Obama care. Do we have the surgery early under our own insurance plan? These liberal pricks with their grand plans for health care are messing with my daughter's life. They don't even know that she exists. If they did, they'd promise her the world without giving the thought of fulfilling those promises a second chance. This is not my America.

Anonymous said...

I was one of the parents at the conference. I just wanted to thank you for understanding why we were there my son passed at birth he had trisomy 13. I had to fight to even find a doctor that would help me medically before he was born. This was in 2006! The pressure to terminate him was very heavy.Of course my husband and I did not. I would have done anything for him. That's why I am being his voice now. Again thank you for your support. David's proud mom

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