Obama to Fighting Cancer Patient: Take Painkiller
So now Obama knows better than your Doctor what is good for you?
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With Obamacare, she can’t find it outside of Obamacare. Now, why is that? She had it. She had a policy. She was paying. She liked it. Everybody was comfortable with it. Obamacare comes along and it vanishes? She can’t get it as part of Obamacare. She can’t get it outside of Obamacare, which is not even legal, she can’t find it. She’s scared to death she’s gonna have a recurrence, and then what does she do? What does she do? Can we go back to June 24th, 2009? ‘Cause here’s what she’s gonna do now. There was a woman on an ABC special that asked the president of the United States about her mother.
“My mother is now over 105, but at 100 the doctor said to her ‘I can’t do anything more unless you have a pacemaker,’ and I said go for it. She said go for it. But the specialist said, ‘No, she’s too old.’ When the other specialist saw her, saw her joy of life, so on, he said, ‘I’m gonna go for it.’ That was over five years ago. My question to you, Mr. President, outside the medical criteria for prolonging life for somebody who’s elderly, is there any consideration that can be given –” I still can’t believe this question was asked in the United States of America, a citizen in the White House asking the president, “Well, can we consider my mother’s spirit, her will to live, when she’s 105 for medical treatment?”
Why is this Obama’s business? Why does he get to say, “No, your mother is not worth keeping alive.” Why does he get to say that? What the hell have we become? So you just heard Edie Littlefield Sundby say, “I don’t know where I’m gonna go if this cancer comes back. I’m already at the life expectancy with this disease. I need to go back to M.D. Anderson, Stanford Cancer Center, whatever, I can’t find a policy, I don’t know what I’m gonna do.” This woman asked Obama, “What about my mom, she wants to live, 105, can we accommodate her will to live or her spirit?”
OBAMA: “I don’t think that we can make judgments based on people’s spirit. That’d be a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules that say that we are gonna provide good quality care for all people. End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we’re gonna have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they’re not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they’re being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what, maybe this isn’t gonna help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”
Maybe we just have to tell your mom that, you know, maybe you’re better off not having the surgery. Just, you know, take the painkiller. The president of the United States actually said that to a citizen in telling her, “No, somebody’s will to live or their spirit, no, we can’t start factoring that in.” It’s just gotta be a money thing. It’s, do we have the money to spend on your 105-year-old mother? Is it better spent on somebody in their thirties who’s gonna live a long time after we offer the treatment? That’s what he was saying. So in the case your mother, it’s pain pill city. We’ll do the best we can, the time she’s got left.
That’s what Edie Littlefield Sundby is facing. She can’t find a policy. She can’t find treatment. She can’t find anything like she had that has kept her alive. So the president’s already answered what happens in that situation. Make ’em comfortable as we can and assure them we love them and there’s really nothing we can do. Here’s the painkiller.