Obama: The Elderly? Let Them Use Painkillers

Just a little taste of what our nation’s senior citizens can expect under the proposed ObamaCare our elected representatives are actually considering.

Jane Sturm told Barack Obama that her 100-year-old mother required a pacemaker but was denied by the doctor she initially saw. She did finally locate a surgeon willing to implant the pacemaker and supposedly her mother is now 105 and doing well.

Sturm is now concerned about whether her elderly mother would’ve received the necessary surgery under the proposed ObamaCare. The president’s answer should send shivers up the spine of anyone with senior citizens in their family:

Here’s the transcript, courtesy of Ed Morrissey:

Jane Sturm told the story of her nearly 100-year-old mother, who was originally denied a pacemaker because of her age. She eventually got one, but only after seeking out another doctor.

“Outside the medical criteria,” Sturm asked, “is there a consideration that can be given for a certain spirit … and quality of life?”

“I don’t think that we can make judgments based on peoples’ spirit,” Obama said. … “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.

It seems like a Family Guy skit but this is all too real. Obama thinks it’s okey dokey for the federal government to tell someone requiring a pacemaker that he or she should just take painkillers instead? Obama’s ignorance and presumptuousness is astounding.

Dr. Helen Reynolds has had heart issues since an early age. She weighs in:

Some heart arrhythmias are deadly, and a doctor telling a patient to take a pain killer to treat V-tach or V-fib should be guilty of malpractice. …

Heart arrhythmias can be absolutely terrifying leading to panic attacks and/or fatigue so crippling that one cannot get off the couch. A pain killer is not going to help. But maybe that’s the idea. Obama is so determined to get his health care plan passed–no matter what the consequences– that he doesn’t care how or if people suffer, especially older people.

Is Obama heartless, mean or just plain ignorant? His response to Jane Sturm leaves me wondering which.

Liberals would like you to think that they’re the caring, sympathetic corner of the political spectrum. Turns out they’re anything but caring. The liberal healthcare plan would have senior citizens in need of serious surgery taking pain killers instead. Necessary health procedures would be rationed and require approval from a bureaucrat in Washington. That’s simply cold-hearted and uncaring.

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