Dr. Sowell states:
One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others.
This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when American medical care is taken over by the government.
Make no mistake about it, letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to keep them alive and well. If a government-run medical system is going to save any serious amount of money, it is almost certain to do so by sacrificing the elderly.
As we discussed on May 28th, the hysterically denied (but now we know to be true) utilization of Health Care ‘rationing’, i.e. ‘Death Panels’, are a reality in Obamacare.
Not only are they a reality, but they reflect the philosophical underpinning of those who support, and voted for, the ‘health care’ abomination – as pointed out by Dr. Sowell in the referenced article.
It appears the ruling class in Washington has decided we must devolve to the barbarism of yesteryear where, as Dr. Sowell puts it:
There was a time — fortunately, now long past — when some desperately poor societies had to abandon old people to their fate, because there was just not enough margin for everyone to survive. Sometimes the elderly themselves would simply go off from their family and community to face their fate alone.
Well, it is no longer ‘Long Past’. It is NOW, at least as far as the ruling class of ‘Progressives’ (i.e. Liberals) is concerned.
This is NOT the behavior of a civilized society. But it is obvious that the ruling class of ‘Progressives’ (i.e. Liberals) is not civilized in any sense of the word.
Only elites can fathom ‘a duty to die’.