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.

Comments 4

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    What’s your objection to extending the rights of gay people, David?

    Posted 16 Apr 2010 at 3:27 am
  2. svi wrote:

    Funny how before this, these hospitals had a bad habit of ignoring a patient’s advance directives and powers of attorney.

    That is a problem no matter who the patient is. Unbelievable that in your psychosis you would allow someone to die without their wishes being respected or their loved ones being able to visit. If you’re okay with that, then your opinions are meaningless.

    Sounds like your problem is with Medicare and Medicaid themselves. So attack them directly. The order itself is simply humane.

    Posted 16 Apr 2010 at 12:54 pm
  3. Marc Brown wrote:

    I think you should take this down. I doubt you are really homophobic, but this does make you seem so.

    Posted 16 Apr 2010 at 2:32 pm
  4. Rich wrote:

    Svi – the content of the order is not the problem, but you probably know that. The problem is that he is empowered to make such orders.

    You may agree with the content of this edict, but you may not agree with the next. That is the issue.

    you probably won’t see it, as people who set up straw men and ad hominem attacks as you have in your post are generally not interested in honest discourse, only in scoring political gotcha points. Have fun.

    Posted 16 Apr 2010 at 4:36 pm

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