Commentary from the always excellent Catholic Key blog:
On Forbes magazine’s popular quotations page there was once a quote attributed, in jest I’m sure, to an anonymous French management consultant: “That may work perfectly well in practice,” it said, “but it will never work in theory.” (paraphrasing) U.S. health care works certainly not perfectly, but much better than it would under the revolutionary proposal being rammed through by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – CA).
Throughout the 20th Century, the success of revolutionary proposals has been hampered by the existence of inconvenient classes of persons. In the Russian Communist Revolution, Ukrainian “kulaks” stood in the way of a glorious modern Moscow. “Fetuses” stood in the way of a Sexual Revolution attempting to dissociate sex from commitment and fecundity.
In the 21st Century, the elderly stand in the way of a revolution in health care. They’re just to darn expensive to make health care affordable for “everyone”.
In the 20th Century, ideological revolutions mitigated the brake-effects of undesirable classes by giving them euphemistic titles and then killing them. The elderly in the U.S. don’t yet have a name I can stick in quotes, but they have a plan for eliminating their brake-effect on the health care revolution – HR 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”.
OK, that was a little over the top you think? Maybe, but there are enough credible questions about this bill’s “end of life” and rationing provisions for the elderly and all Americans to demand Nancy Pelosi give it a fair, open and exhaustive hearing.
And then goes on with some examples.