Healthcare reform rationing ‘precisely what the Nazis did,’ Land says
By JAMES A SMITH SR.
Published October 8, 2009
GOD AND COUNTRY Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, speaks Sept. 26 in Orlando at the 20th anniversary “God and Country Banquet” of the Christian Coalition of Florida. Photo by James A. Smith Sr.
ORLANDO (FBW)—President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders of Congress are advocating healthcare reform that will result in rationing of care, making them guilty of the same ideology that fueled the Nazi Holocaust, Richard Land told the Christian Coalition of Florida at a Sept. 26 banquet in Orlando.
Land was the keynote speaker for the 20th anniversary “God and Country Banquet” of the Christian Coalition of Florida.
“Let’s remember,” Land added, “the first 10,000 victims of the Holocaust were not Jews, they were mentally handicapped German children who were gassed and burned in ovens because they were considered to have … lives unworthy of life,” citing the Nazi ideology used to rationalize the Holocaust.
Land said the healthcare debate currently taking place in America, prompted by legislation before the U.S. Congress, is
At stake in the healthcare debate “is the definition of a human being,” he said.
Land said he has bestowed on Ezekiel Emanuel, the president’s chief healthcare advisor, the “Dr. Josef Mengele Award” for his advocacy of healthcare rationing. Mengele was the German SS officer and medical doctor dubbed the “Angel of Death” for his role in the Holocaust.
Land said Emanuel, a medical doctor and bioethicist who is also the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has published articles arguing the maximum access to healthcare should be for persons aged 15-40.
“The British system is biased against old people,” he said. “After 59 and one-half you lose your right to certain things like bypass operations and dialysis.”
Land said patients in Great Britain face much higher mortality rates than patients with the same diseases in the U.S.: breast cancer, 80 percent; colon cancer, 40 percent; and prostate cancer, 604 percent higher chance of dying in Britain compared to the U.S.
A Veteran’s Administration document dubbed the “death book,” originally issued under President Bill Clinton and re-issued under Obama, is a “pro-euthanasia tract,” according to Land.
Land said an early version of the House of Representatives healthcare reform bill, HR 3200, and a different bill sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., contain provisions for “death counseling” to train doctors how they can advise their patients concerning end of life matters.
Quoting the liberal, pro-life columnist Nat Hentoff, Land said the Baucus provision is
Land said Americans are at a
Although Land said he is more concerned than “I’ve ever been in my public life,” he said he does not despair “because I know that greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world.”