What’s so dangerous about Thomas’ writing is that he claims that he is boldly thinking and saying the unthinkable, the unsayable, and then offers a totally different scenario to support the unthinkable and unsayable. Granny was in no sense killed. Mrs. Thomas was allowed to die, pure and simple.
Such confused, confusing, and illogical argumentation is exactly what we oppose in ObamaCare. It is a far, far cry from letting a competent adult reject treatment to “gently nudging” a medically fragile person toward that fellow with the scythe—Charles Krauthammer’s phrase, or convening a “death panel”--Sarah Palin’s phrase--to rule on whether Granny is ever put on life support in the first place.
Evan Thomas decries the fact that America spends a greater percentage of her Gross Domestic Product on health care than Europe does. Question: When Europe’s elites get sick, where do they go for treatment?
Much of what Thomas misses, in the midst of his genuflection, is that ObamaCare would be the greatest example in history of the Law of Unintended Consequences. A top Obama administration official recently spoke to the Washington Post (the parent corporation of Thomas’ Newsweek). Frustrated at the way the new administration was taking political punches for its takeover of GM, its bailout of Wall Street, its management of AIG, its setting of corporate salaries, its shareholding of major banks, the unnamed Obama aide said:. “There were so many things we had to do, and those are the things that feed into the skepticism that government is taking over everything or can’t get it right. These were things we had no interest in doing. That’s the irony” [Emphasis added.] Note to Obama aide: Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.
No, of course President Obama doesn’t want to unplug your grandmother. He surely doesn’t want to interfere with Evan Thomas’ mother’s perfectly acceptable decision to forego further futile treatment. It’s just that when he takes over health care, industry (through Cap and Tax), and education in this country, millions of decisions are going to be made. And they’ll be made by well-intentioned but fuzzy-thinking Obama worshipers like Evan Thomas. With friends like Evan Thomas, does Obama really need opponents?