New World Order Will Achieve Euthanasia Through Extortion

A few months ago on a different blog that I maintain, I blogged about filial responsibility statutes and how they were going to surprise many adult children of aging parents when they discovered that Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and their parents’ assets are not enough to finance a long term stay in a nursing facility: Filial responsibility statutes will place the costs on the adult children. Involuntarily.

Although my original post treated this topic from the perspective of individuals planning for the practicalities of paying the costs (or in some cases, avoiding them by using statutory and constitutional provisions to reduce or eliminate them), the societal impact of a shift from collective approaches to financing long term care during the 1965-2005 time frame to again looking to the families of those elderly has been slowly dawning on me as well. And the picture isn’t pretty.

The New World Order advocates have, since then-governor of Colorado Richard Lamm‘s 1984 declaration that “we have a duty to die” been very clear that euthanasia was on their wish list of societal innovations. Long a feature of life in Holland, euthanasia was championed here in the U.S. by the mainstream press’s continuing coverage of Dr. Jack Kevorkian during the 1990s, however during the first five years of the last decade, coverage of the Terri Schiavo case had the exact opposite of its intended effect on public opinion. Despite media efforts to drive home the point that Mrs. Schiavo had no brain function, videos of herĀ  responding to commands left Americans deeply divided over the subject and unwilling to move toward making euthanasia a feature of American medical policy.

Now, led by states like Pennsylvania dusting off their pre-revolutionary filial responsibility statutes, the New World Order is poised to enforce its euthanasia directives not by enacting them through the front door, but by blackmailing cash-strapped American families into making horrifying choices in order to escape penury. The cost to maintain an elderly person in a nursing home in Pennsylvania is over $70,000 annually. For many families picking up a significant portion of these costs is not a realistic possibility, particularly if there are not several siblings willing to shoulder a portion.

The laws are on the books in thirty states and there have already been calls for a national filial responsibility statute. In the post-health reform statutory environment, states will be under increasing pressure to cut costs and find new funding sources. That will mean that those states not making use of their filial responsibility statutes are likely to make increasing use of them and states that lack filial responsibility statutes are likely to go where three-fifths of the nation has already gone. It is not difficult to envision sons and daughters pressuring vulnerable parents to sign advance health care directives eschewing even the most basic life support measures in favor of starvation, dehydration and overmedication as a means of minimizing their cash outlay. All of this will happen with approving nods from the medical establishment and the political apparatus.

Americans whose values have been under attack from every quarter have yet another pressure to worry about.

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