In a stunt designed to change the subject from confiscatory income tax rates and throw a sop to an increasingly restive gay community, Obama has issued another of his infamous executive orders:
President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.
Does he have the power to do that? Oh yeah! He can instruct HHS to impose this rule on any hospital that treats Medicare and Medicaid patients. That’s virtually every hospital in the country:
The memo is scheduled to be made public Friday morning … An official said the new rule will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding.
Since the sudden removal of Medicare and Medicaid funding would put most hospitals out of business, don’t expect much pushback on this. The reaction will be along the lines of “Want us to jump? OK, how high?”
This is why we call it “government-run health care.” When the government controls half the money flowing through the health care system, it can make hospitals and doctors do anything it wants.
And it works the other way around as well. Our masters is Washington can also use the purse strings to STOP hospitals from doing things—-things like wasting all kinds of resources to keep some useless old person alive.