Commentary

If Dick Cheney Can Get A New Heart, Why Can’t Obama?

By Craig Bannister | March 26, 2012 | 4:02pm EDT

Former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney has succeeded in getting a new heart before Obamacare’s “death panel” could deem him too old to be worthy of one.

After the announcement that Cheney, at age 71, received a new heart, both ABC and NBC ran stories asking if he’s too old to deserve one.

First off, no, he’s not. No one is “too old” to deserve a new lease on the precious gift of life.

And, secondly, no Obamacare panel should have the power to decide if a person has enough years, or enough quality, of life left to deserve health care.

As Donald J. Palmisano, a former president of the American Medical Association, has explained, Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) “will essentially mean rationed care for our nation’s seniors” and make decisions based on “patients’ remaining ‘quality adjusted life years.’”

So, if Dick Cheney can get a new heart, perhaps Obama could get one, too – one that doesn’t pit one class, or race, or gender, or income group against another. One that values the sanctity of every human life equally, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.

Maybe then, inspired by his change of heart, Pres. Obama would reject the practice of abortion and abort the practice of Obamacare.

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