The president’s health-care proposals target the right to privacy — as Sen. Arlen Specter very well knows.
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“Make sure” means that third party is going to tell you and your doctor what the two of you can or cannot do — the principle specifically rejected in Roe.
• ”..that’s not making anybody’s mom better” means a third party is issuing a judgment that may or may not be shared by you and your doctor — or another and another doctor if you choose to go that route. Remember Arlen Specter’s rejection of this principle, choosing instead to get a second opinion his own cancer diagnosis — and saving his life because he did so.
• “….that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care” again implies third party interference in the patient-doctor relationship, deliberate government interference in the “right to privacy” found by Roe.
• “…we can let doctors know and your Mom know…” means a third party — in direct violation of the right to privacy stated by Roe will be informing both your doctor and you what is and is not permissible. This was, of course, exactly the position of the state of Texas in Roe — letting Jane Roe “know” what was and was not permissible with her body in a medical procedure. Texas said no to her abortion. The Supreme Court said yes.
• And last but not least, the President said: “Maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” In other words, not only has the President inserted a third party into your relationship with your doctor, you must now do what that third party — the government — tells you to do. Just as the government of Texas was insisting to Jane Roe that, in the President’s words, “maybe you’re better off not having the surgery.”
What does all this mean? It means there will be trouble — big trouble — between Obama and a core constituency of his political base when realization dawns on the pro-choice movement about what ObamaCare could do to Roe. Either Roe wins — or ObamaCare wins. The principles behind each cannot exist in the same universe. One of them must lose.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?