When the idea of ObamaCare first got scrutinized, the notion that there were provisions made for Death Panels in the legislation gained a lot of popularity. Because there were provisions made for Death Panels in the legislation …
But we were told that would be taken out. There were no Death Panels. No one would be making decisions for you based on the notion that you were too old for a particular treatment and that the resources would best be invested in or on a younger patient or a patient deemed to be more worthy of the treatment than you.
While the notion of Death Panels has not returned to the legislative process, the notion is being floated, discussed and bandied about by the MSM. Certainly with a view to winning over the masses to get them to accept Death Panels as a normal part of life.
The catalyst for the discussion is the end of 71 year old Dick Cheney’s heart transplant list wait. After waiting 20 months, Cheney got a new heart. But Today Show host Matt Lauer and NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman raise the question of whether he should have.
The question they ask is whether giving a 71 year old a new heart is the best use of that resource and wouldn’t it have been a better use to give it to a younger patient who would have lived longer with it.
Of course someone would have to answer such questions. Presumably more than one someone. Presumably on a case by case basis. But I wouldn’t call that a Death Panel, would you?