I got this letter passed to me in an email from the Coyote Kid, who is retired USAF, but got his start as a grunt in 'Nam, so he's always a Marine first, and I don't hold it against him.
The letter is from a Vietnam vet, who had a strange experience at the hospital medical clinic just recently:
am a 67-year-old former Marine and a Vietnam veteran. And I say:
"Forget about living to age 75 in the USA!"
This morning at Danbury Hospital here in Connecticut, I was scheduled for
a cardio-lite stress test. This is a treadmill stress test where nuclear
dye is injected into your bloodstream and you are put in a CAT scan or
something similar in order to take a picture of your heart. If all is
good, the heart shows up red; if there are blocked arteries anywhere, the heart shows
up pink. I have had three of these tests in the past twelve years due to
blocked arteries discovered in 2000. They use the test to determine if I
need a "roto rooter" or a bypass operation.
So, I arrived for my previously schedule appointment at the hospital at 8
a.m. this morning and in the process of checking in, the lady in the front
desk said that my appointment has been canceled. She made a call, spoke
with someone, and then she handed me the phone. It was a nurse in the
Cardiology Department who said that my medical insurance carrier denied the
I said, "It is a routine part of my heart maintenance program as ordered
by my PCP and with approval from my cardiologist who is the head of Danbury
Cardiology Department, which is right where I am standing right now."
She went, "Yes, but our request was denied."
So I said, "I have Medicare, so what is my backup insurance doing denying
Then the bombshell. . .she said, "It was the Medicare Board that denied
At that point, I turned to everyone behind me, and it was a long line,
and I said to them "Well, you won't have to wait too long today because my
stress test procedure was just canceled by a Medicare Death Panel. I am only
67 so can you imagine what is going to happen when we really get old?"
The entire waiting room and everyone there from patients to staff just
went dead silent.
Then, I turned to the front desk staff and told them, "I guess I will
have to write a letter to the editor of the Danbury News Times and call my
senators and congressman and let them know the Death Panels have already
Then I walked out.
By the time I got home the message machine was blinking. My PCP had
called and so did the hospital and guess what? Medicare decided to
approve my stress test procedure, and I should get back down to the hospital, and they
would fit me in right away for the 3-hour procedure.
I called back and told them that I couldn't make it, I was going fishing
because I didn't know how many more fishing trips I could get in before I
went into cardiac arrest, but not to worry about me costing the government
any money because I am a 30% disabled Army veteran due to Agent Orange
poisoning which is what caused this heart problem to begin with, and I
qualify to be buried for free in a plain pine box in the cheap graves section at
any national cemetery. I certainly don't want to cost our government any
money. So, maybe we just won't do the procedure anymore and we can use the
money to redistribute it to all of the illegals to keep them alive so
they can mow the lawns at the national cemeteries.
And so this note is for everyone to know that
the Death Panel crap has
already started. And if we don't vote this guy and his criminal cronies out
of office this November, then we should all expect to die younger and as
completely broke paupers as the country goes further down to hell.
Feel free to distribute my note to anyone and make it your mission to not
only make your vote count in November 2012 but on behalf of all of us,
please also make an effort to help convince everyone to NOT vote for the
present White House occupant or any of his cronies in the November 2012
election if they want to receive proper medical care and expect to live
to age 75 or older!
Another forwarded email message from another Marine:
Dr. Suzanne Allen, the head of Emergency Services at the Johnson City
Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, was recently asked if she has
seen any effects of ObamaCare in her work.
Her reply was: "Oh, yes. We are already seeing cutbacks on the services
we provide. For example, we are now having to deal with patients who would
normally receive dialysis, who no longer can. In the past, there was always
automatic approval under Medicare for anyone who needed dialysis -- not
When asked what the outcome will be. "The patient will die sooner without
dialysis," she replied.
What about other services?
She said that as of 2013 (after the election), no one over 75 will be
given major medical procedures unless approved by the government-appointed
local Ethics Panel. These Panels will determine whether a patient should
receive medical treatment or not. Dr. Allen points out that most
life-threatening emergencies do not occur during normal hospital business
hours, and if there are emergencies that need to be resolved within minutes or few hours,
the likelihood of getting these Panels' approval in time to save a patient
life is going to be very challenging and difficult, if not impossible.
This applies to operations such as stent placement, bypass surgery, kidney
operation, or treating an aneurysm which are normally covered under Medicare
today. In other words, starting in 2013, if you needed a life-saving
operation, it is likely that Medicare might not provide coverage anymore,
or ifit does, it will require approval by a government appointed Ethics Panel if
you are age 75 or over.
When in 2013? "We haven't been given a specific date, it could be in
January or July, but it's after the 2012 election," says Dr. Allen.
This is shocking to anyone who will be 75. Her advice? "Get healthy and
stay healthy. We do not know the specifics of the actual implementation of
the full ObamaCare policies and procedures; they haven't filtered down to
the local level yet. But we are already seeing severe cuts in what we
provide to the elderly. We have refused dialysis to an individual who was 78 just
the other day. We have also refused to give stents to a gentleman who was
in his late 80s. Every day, we are seeing these cutbacks aimed at reducing
care across the board for anyone who is over 75."
This is a death sentence to those who are over 75....perhaps you should
pass this on to your friends who are thinking of voting for Obama this year.
Regardless if you have private health care coverage now (I have Aetna
Medicare Part B), it will no longer apply after 2013 if the Ethics Panels
disapprove of a procedure that may save your life. Scary! Think about
how this applies to you, your parents, and your other loved ones!
If you didn't know about it, as Nancy Pelosi said, "Well, if you want to
know what's in the bill, you'll have to read it...." (after it was already
This is an important reminder to stay healthy, and to get your plot at
the nearest Forest Lawn Memorial Park now, while they are still available
because the ObamaCare Plan is a death sentence to those who are age 75 or
Back-to-Back We Face the Future
I have plans to fight these "Death Panels". The first is to start finding out who are on them, at first politely reminding those docs that they swore the Hippocratic Oath on their first day in Medical School, and it is a forever Oath, just like my Oath of Enlistment. If politeness doesn't work, well then, that's what street politics is for. That's what Grand Juries are for, because it is likely that ObamaCare rules will NOT protect docs who are sworn to uphold State constitutions which say for them to save all possible lives.
Okay then, we will have used the Soap Box and the Jury Box to no effect, and the Won bypassed/stuffed the Ballot Box, so what Box is then left?
You know THAT answer, readers.