Monday, December 27, 2010

Death Panels?

So what gave rise to the talk of "death panels" has been revived by HHS under the Obamacare regulations. All it really says is that doctors may be reimbursed for "end-of-counseling" but apparently this is seen as the camel's nose under the tent for allowing regulators to decide when one has had all the medical treatments that insurance should pay for. Presumably, once we're retired, what sense is there in even bothering to keep us healthy. But at the same time, what sense is there in spending money on the poor with no skills or earning potential? That seems to be the goal of Obama's whole agenda, to take from the haves and redistribute it to the have-nots. Most of us have what we have because we worked for it, but just the fact that some of us haven't got as much as others is cause in itself for redistribution, regardless of one's willingness to work, obtain an education, or create wealth.

The Book of Mormon says we shouldn't think like that but share our substance freely. At the same time, the king-prophet who taught this, did not tax his people to implement this teaching. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13 says, "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."

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