ObamaCare Devalues Human Life, Beck Says
Posted on August 13 2009 12:46 am
Although government-ordered killing of people deemed by bureaucrats to have a low quality of life is not something President Obama favors, the calculusÂ used in rationing healthcare under ObamaCare bears a resemblance to tests used by Nazi Germany,Â Glenn Beck said on his TV show.Â
No government should have that kind of power and Americans should be worried, he argued.
Remember that there was a time in America when eugenics-based public health policies were mainstream. In the 1927 Buck v. BellÂ case, “progressive lawyers stood on the flimsy ground of a Massachusetts vaccination law to keep Carrie Buck from reproducing,”Â Beck said.Â “We know now she wasn’t retarded, butÂ to add insult to injury, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes infamously wrote, quote, ‘Three generations of imbeciles are enough,’ end quote.”
So Americans have a reason toÂ want some straight answers from the Democratic lawmakers who want to nationalize America’s healthcare system. President Obama’s reassurances that he does not intend to ration healthcare might be more convincing if he weren’t surrounded by people with disturbing, radical ideas about the value of human life, Beck said.
Health adviser Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, said he supports a model called the “complete lives system,” that gives treatmentÂ priority to people “aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance.”
Emanuel has also said thatÂ “services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.”
Science czar John Holdren saidÂ babies takeÂ “years” to “ultimately develop into a human being,” and reflected on whether it would be worthwhile to put sterilants in drinking water for population control.
“No one is saying that eugenics are coming,” Beck said, butÂ as the Germans under HitlerÂ began to devalue life “they tried to figure out how much is a life worth and put a price on how much each individual was worth â€” and some were worth more than others.”
Americans forget that Germans learned about eugenics from Americans, he said. In 1912, a year before the progressive Woodrow Wilson became president, as governor of New Jersey Wilson authorized a state board to determine when procreation was “inadvisable” for “criminals, prisoners, poor kids and the ill-defined, other defectives.”
What most history textbooks seemed to ignore is that before the Nazis took power, Germans lagged behind Americans and Europeans in eugenics. But World War I and the great flu pandemic basically turned doctors into social planners, and Hitler and the Nazis took the logic of public health to totalitarian extremes. They made the central policy goal affecting employment, marriage, medicine and more.