While the Obama Administration as such may be at pains to lie and say they are not pushing euthanasia, there is no such inhibition felt by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the Oregon Nazi who proudly takes credit for introducing the end-of-life counseling provision (Section 1233) into the original health care bill. Blumenauer told Huffington Post on July 28, 2009 that he co-authored the provision with the Hemlock Society—that's hemlock as in the poison which was administered to Socrates. That society has now been reincarnated under the name "Compassion and Choices," the better to sell their death dealings.
"I know a little bit about this section (1233) because it's a bill which I wrote which was incorporated into the overall legislation," Blumenauer said.
Blumenauer is an outspoken proponent of euthanasia, including physician-assisted suicide. He is an active supporter of euthanasia, and has been instrumental in making his home state, Oregon, one of the two in the country which has legalized physician-assisted suicide.
In a posting on his personal website, Blumenauer promotes an October 1960 Harper's magazine issue which directly advocates euthanasia, and decries what they called the prevalent "irrational, phobic, and sentimental attitudes about voluntary death." Other articles in the issue sound as if they could have come from former OMB head Peter Orszag or the President himself, in their sharp attacks on skyrocketing health-care costs and medical "waste."
Blumenauer reported on his website in 2009 that he provided this magazine issue to President Obama, in order to shape his thinking on health care. We quote from our Aug. 28 news report on Blumenauer's website posting:
"When I had my opportunity to exchange some thoughts with the President, I used the magazine as an illustration of how high the stakes were and my commitment to work with him to make sure that 49 years from now people aren't going to be having the same debate and wonder why we came close but couldn't give Americans the health care they need and deserve.
"When the meeting was over, the President's chief of staff — Rahm Emanuel — took the magazine to deliver it to the President.
"And yesterday, President Obama used the magazine in his speech before the American Medical Association."
He quotes from Obama's June 15 speech:
"'The other day, my friend, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, handed me a magazine with a special issue titled, The Crisis in American Medicine. One article notes 'soaring charges.' Another warns about the 'volume of utilization of services.' And another asks if we can find a 'better way for paying for medical care.' It speaks to many of the challenges we face today. The thing is, this special issue was published by Harper's Magazine in October of 1960.'"
Obama and the Oregon Nazi—just peas in a pod.