Marybeth Hicks

This is one of the harsh realities of health care reform often cited by experts such as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an advisor to the administration (and brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel).

Anticipating such interference into their profession, roughly a third of current practicing physicians say they will quit the practice of medicine or retire early in part to avoid the government’s takeover of their decision-making power, this according to a survey released last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

As for the “right” to abortion coverage, the reason to keep it out of the bill isn’t only to protect a huge segment of our society from paying for what we consider the unjust murder of innocent children. Consider that rights typically come with commensurate responsibilities, and in the world of government “best practices,” abortion could actually be mandated.

It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I was 37 when I delivered my fourth child, old enough to be deemed “high risk” for having a baby with certain birth defects. My doctor suggested amniocentesis to rule out genetic defects. Learning that there was nothing that could be done in utero to address any potential problems my baby might have, I declined the test. I knew my daughter might not be in perfect health, but she would be perfect for us regardless. An abortion was out of the question.

Is that a choice every pregnant woman will be able to make in the future, or will high-risk moms automatically be subject to “best practices” that may include aborting a child who knowingly will be born with serious (read: expensive) medical problems?

The same question goes for cancer treatment and transplant surgery and even hip replacement. The right of a patient to choose his or her treatment will soon be subject to the government’s idea of what is “best.”

Begs, the question, best for whom?

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).