KILLING US SOFTLY Part 2
by Kelleigh Nelson
“A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” Audubon magazine, interview with Ted Turner, 1996
“”This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.”” Jacques Cousteau in an interview with the UNESCO Courier for November 1991
In 1982, I lived in Ellettsville, Indiana, a suburb of Bloomington. At that time I was working as a receptionist for a dermatologist. Across the street from the doctor’s office was the hospital where “Baby Doe” was born with Down’s syndrome. The baby also had an obstruction in the esophagus that prevented normal eating. The tracheo-esophageal fistula was easily treated, but both the parents and the physician agreed to allow the baby to die of starvation. The courts granted the parents and physician the “blessing” of doing this to the infant. Public outrage ensued. Health and Human Services under President Reagan drew up guidelines against federally-funded health care facilities allowing handicapped infants to die. Other organizations fought this ruling and the courts struck it down as the government being too invasive into the medical profession. Oh, but they should see the invasiveness today with ObamaCare!
In the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, when the doctor decides the patient’s condition is beyond treatable, the patient is put on the “Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient.” (LPC) Many have been sounding the alarm for years that this has led to massive euthanasia of elderly patients. Nearly 30% of the people who die in UK hospitals every year are on LPC. Link
“One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken.’ The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers. The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions. Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die, and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the NHS money.” Link
This is what we will be seeing with Obama Care if it is not totally destroyed. It doesn’t need tinkering or “fixing.” It needs to be euthanized totally.
A Case in Point
What I described above is already happening in our hospitals because of creeping ObamaCare. Euthanasia is pushed on the families of the dying by physicians and care givers. Living wills are forced on everyone and you are constantly asked by physicians and hospital personnel if you have a living will. Do you realize how huge it would have to be to cover every circumstance that could happen? The goal is population reduction. The elite want us dead.
One must remember, we had the finest healthcare in the world until the federal legislature started passing laws that forced the cost of healthcare to rise exponentially. Why? Many reasons, including additional federally required paperwork for every patient, but mostly because those who could afford to pay for insurance and healthcare were now also paying for those who did not pay for it, including illegal immigrants. Many of the hospitals on the southern border have closed because of bankruptcy. The Hegelian Dialectic has been in play here to cause the desired synthesis resulting in ObamaCare, and the complete government control of our entire medical industry.
Late last year my good friend’s mother passed away. She was a lovely, dear sweet Christian lady, and I loved talking to her. She had been in pain for several years and yearned to go home to Jesus. Her daughter told me what happened after her mother suffered several strokes at the same time. Here is what transpired.
Late one night, Jean suffered up to twelve massive strokes. The 911 ambulance took her to Geisinger Hospital (Geisinger Health System in rural Pennsylvania). The emergency room doctors admitted her to the hospital with IV fluids. That afternoon, the staff wanted to talk to Jean’s family about moving her to Hospice.
Jean was initially being hydrated, but without the family’s knowledge, the IV was removed that night. When the older daughter found out, she demanded the hydration be continued. The IV was put back in Jean. The family also preferred Jean remain in the hospital, but they were told that was not going to happen. Geisinger does not want the death statistics on their records.
Both daughters were bombarded by the nurses and hospital staff to remove the fluid IVs and get her to a nursing home. They told them that was why there was a respiratory “death rattle,” because of continually being hydrated. This was a total lie inasmuch as people not on hydration have the same respiratory sounds prior to death. Jean’s husband is a pastor and has attended many church members during their last hours, so he knew they were not telling the truth. Remember, dehydration is a painful way to die.
Jean’s older daughter told the nurses her mother was responding, but the nurses said she couldn’t be. The girls both knew she was responsive. When her younger daughter said to Jean, “Mom, if you want some water, open your mouth.” Jean smiled and opened her mouth. Also, Jean and her husband had a private joke from their early married days and when he talked to her about it, a big smile would spread across her face.
Despite Jean’s inability to speak, she was communicating with her family. But when the doctor came in and was told Jean was communicating with them, the doctor sarcastically said, “Show me what she can do!”
Her daughter told him that her mother gets excited when we talk about heaven and the doctor answered, “Not that! Tell her to open her mouth.” Jean responded to the doctor and opened her mouth. Then he said, “Tell her to wiggle her toe.” Jean wiggled her toe. The doctor realized Jean could hear him and ushered the family into another room.
Three of the doctors tried to push the family to move her to a nursing home or Hospice. However, under Medicare, the nursing homes apparently aren’t covered for “skilled nursing care” which is anyone with an IV. They are only for “comfort care.”
The harassment to remove hydration from Jean continued. The staff kept telling the family they were prolonging her life unnecessarily. The doctor was allowing 500 ml. every other day all dumped at once into her now subcutaneous button (IV was removed and this port installed). This amount is nothing in hydration. The doctor had ordered only two cups of water every other day. Obviously, the staff was trying to keep liquid to a bare minimum. Jean’s daughters knew this because Jean’s lips were dry and cracked and she wanted water.
The family told the doctor to do it every day and to double the quantity because they understood the hospital was withholding hydration to make her die faster. Actually it’s “Kill Grandma, get a bonus.” This is explained as a new cost-saving measure that drastically reduces return hospital visits by the elderly, because dead people don’t return to the hospital, of course, and the faster they die, the less cost.
The hospital was forcing them to take Jean to either a nursing home which couldn’t give Jean IV care, or to Hospice. Thankfully Hospice had a room open up and it was only a mile from the hospital.
Hospice took excellent care of Jean and she remained hydrated. The Hospice workers brought in fresh flowers, sat with Jean and stayed three and four hours over their shifts to be with her until she passed. They dressed her in a pretty lacy feminine nightgown and had lovely sheets on her bed. She was given no special pain cocktails and died peacefully with her family at her side. The hydration did not prolong her life, but it did make her last few days at least comfortable.
What is the Geisinger Model Obama Praises?
Please understand that the Geisinger Hospital Jean was in is considered a model for Obama Care by the President. Link Obama actually desires all American hospitals to follow the Geisinger model. Link So, let’s take a look at what it’s all about.
From Time Magazine’s, The Long Goodbye by Joe Klein, “Geisinger hospital is the mother ship of an extensive network of medical practitioners tending to 2.6 million patients in 44 mostly rural Pennsylvania counties. It was founded in 1915 by a widow named Abigail Geisinger and first directed by Harold Foss, a surgeon who had been an assistant to the famed Mayo brothers. Like the Mayo Clinic, it employed a team approach, with doctors paid as employees rather than independent operators cooperating on patient care. “It’s like hiring a general contractor to supervise the renovation of your house,” says Henry J. Aaron, a health expert at the Brookings Institute.” (Another nasty leftist think tank funded by Rockefeller and Ford Foundations).
The accountable-care-organization model, which is the emerging term of art for places like Mayo and Geisinger, became a pioneer in computerization of medical records and analyzing those records. Geisinger’s Proven Health Navigator enrolls patients who are overseen electronically by case managers. The elderly are even contacted in their homes by these case manager nurses to see if they’re taking their medication, eating the right things, keeping their doctor appointments, and even weighing themselves (on Bluetooth scales that send the results to the Geisinger computers). This way Geisinger can decide when “end-of-life” care should commence, or lack of life-giving care should end. Doesn’t this make you feel all warm and fuzzy that a government approved health care facility will be watching over you this closely, and when you step on a scale, the numbers will go to the watchdog!
Doctors are paid salaries and “outcome-based performance” bonuses rather than by the services they perform. In fact, Joe Klein’s article states that organizations who embrace these “outcome-based” death panel systems actually receive cash bonuses from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) savings plan, when they save more money by pulling the plug on granny! Much of the savings projected for ObamaCare would come from a broader application of this Mayo/Geisinger model.
The bonuses these doctors receive depends upon how well they adhere to common procedures. The Geisinger program, marketed as ProvenCare, eliminates the physician “guesswork,” or “variability,” by requiring every employee to follow an agreed-upon set of best practices. They achieve these goals through standardization. Science-based protocols are “hard-wired” into the process. In other words, for most procedures, one size fits all. This is “cookbook medicine.”
The patients rate the doctor’s performance, and since doctors are not always the most sociable human beings, Geisinger trains them in a bedside-manner orientation program called, “Patients 101.” This schools them in basic procedures with members of the patient’s family. Of course this is important in gaining the family’s trust. Klein states in his article, “This sort of training is especially important in a system in which doctors sometimes must try to deny care requested by patients or their families that is deemed unnecessary.” The time spent to train physicians in developing a deeper level of patient trust and satisfaction comes in handy when they talk the family into denying food and hydration in order to save those dollars for the better of American health care costs. In this manner, physicians are even able to convince the family that any resuscitation efforts should be stopped and DNR’s (Do Not Resuscitate) should be placed in the patient’s chart.
These trained employee physicians tell the patient’s family that dehydration and starvation is not painful. In fact, in Klein’s article, a fee-for-service physician like we’ve always been used to in America would hydrate Klein’s father who was in kidney failure. The Geisinger physicians’ attitude is that the patient would be back to the hospital in just a month or six weeks, so let him die. The physician said, “Renal failure is a good way to go. You just go to sleep.” I often wonder how many of these physicians have actually watched these patients they condemn to no care.
Most of today’s doctors, including some of mine, don’t like the Mayo-Geisinger way of doing business. They say, “We don’t want to be robots run by your computers.” Well they shouldn’t be, but ObamaCare may force all of them into this new health care model, resulting of course in euthanasia and rationing of care.
This is the Geisinger model of health care, being promoted by the liberal rags such as Time Magazine and Newsweek who are fully promoting ObamaCare, not just for cost savings, but for quicker population reduction of the elderly baby boomers. Time Magazine’s article, “How to Die,” promotesdeath panels, killing the elderly to save money (and earning those CMS bonuses!), and even yanking feeding tubes out of your own dying parents!
In Part 3, we’ll discuss Hospice and palliative care.