Saturday, March 14, 2009
A Warning from Dr. Koop
In this World Magazine article, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issues a sober warning about socialized medicine coming to our shores thanks to the Obama administration.
Now 92, Dr. Koop has a special interest in this issue. Here's a quote from the article's author, Cal Thomas, who includes a quote from Dr. Koop . . .
I called Koop, who is now 92. He reminded me that in 1988 he had an ailment that left him a quadriplegic. Surgery restored his limbs, but "if I'd lived in England, I would have been nine years too old to have the surgery that saved my life and gave me another 21 years." Koop fears that the United States is about to embrace English socialized medicine with government authorities deciding who lives and who dies. He says the idea of government second-guessing doctors sickens him.
Cal Thomas goes on to say that "great inhumanities are usually ushered in at the extremes in order to make the public more accepting."
A valid warning that ought to be heeded.