With the noise making about the health care reform now called health insurance reform, people on the left and right are busy throwing stones and shouting down each other, including our governor who if he is not threatening secession is headlining a ‘tea party’ with Glen Beck. Then is the first in line to call the Federal Government to send vaccines, or playing politics with stimulus money to pay unemployment insurance but turns round and borrow money from the Federal Government for the same purpose (Thank God for some sensible people in the Texas Legislature) How I wish November 2012 will come quickly let’s get this joke over with.
Anyway back to the killing old people stuff. During the governorship of George W. Bush, the Texas Legislature enacted a little known provision called The Advance Directives Act as part of a Health and Safety Code, Title 2, Subtitle H, Chapter A, sections 166.001. It basically creates a death panel unlike the one both sides are screaming about in the Federal House Bill.
Listen here for a testimony of how it works. This is managed care!
And as Glen Beck said before he became a turncoat, getting better in this country can actually kill you!
The State of Texas authorizes the insurance companies to stop paying the doctor to keep grandma alive and authorizes the doctor to pull the plug on grandma. Now check this out from Texas Kaos:
Focus on Section 166.046, Subsection E, which allows:
If an attending physician refuses to honor a patient’s advance directive or a health care or treatment decision made by or on behalf of a patient, the physician’s refusal shall be reviewed by an ethics or medical committee. The attending physician may not be a member of that committee. The patient shall be given life-sustaining treatment during the review.
So if a patient or his /her families don’t agree with the physician, it goes before a board to decide the patient’s fate. But wait, there’s more:
If the attending physician, the patient, or the person responsible for the health care decisions of the individual does not agree with the decision reached during the review process under Subsection (b), the physician shall make a reasonable effort to transfer the patient to a physician who is willing to comply with the directive. If the patient is a patient in a health care facility, the facility’s personnel shall assist the physician in arranging the patient’s transfer…
So what happens if these Texas death panels end up winning – against the wishes of the family?
A person does not commit an offense under Section 22.08, Penal Code, by withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from a qualified patient in accordance with this subchapter.
Someone call Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Chuck Grassley and Newt Gingrich to come and safe us from the Texas Death Panels! It’s these buffoons that are making Republicans look foolish for being against laws that have been in the books for years, these fact-less so-called leaders are destroying the party when they speak from both sides of their mouths without regard for facts. And why are these Democrats including Mr. Obama always on television talking about what is not in the bill? How come no one is telling us what is in the bill and how much it will cost? Both the Left and Right are fighting to please their extreme bases forgetting that their bases are too small to give them an election; it is the sane, logical independents in the middle that decides an election. I hope they take note.
Dr. Mbong owns Zoe Heritage SP, A Publishing and Speaking Agency based in Houston Texas, A Conservative Ordained Minister and Social Conservative. Dr. Mbong is an Author whose books are on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at www.zoeheritage.net