Really and truly this section should begin and end with the postulate that life expectancy for males and females in the United States of America will decrease substantially. In fact if that’s all I really had to say, that statement would pretty much cover it.
Since the late 19th and early 20th centuries, our life expectancy has increased exponentially. Part of that had to do with the reduction in infant mortality. But a great remainder of that had to do with improvements in medicine and healthcare, as well as simply the advancements in general science. The problem that we’re going to run into with Obamacare is the fact that the devotion that we as Americans have shown to pre-natal care, pregnancy, hospitals, doctors and pharmaceuticals will no longer be evident. Well, they might be evident, but they will be evident in countries that health care providers still care about, or, more precisely, in those countries other than America where a profit could still be turned.
I remember reading in history books where life from the beginning of time until the dawn of the twentieth century described as “brutish, unpleasant and short.” But we’ve supposedly come a long way since then. No longer do medical professionals think the body is made up of four humors. No longer are barbers licensed to conduct surgery. And no longer are people afraid of sterilization (well, some aren’t. I know I am, but then again, I’m a different type of cat).
I’m not saying that medical professionals will no longer sterilize instruments and they probably won’t stop their research on the body; but all that fun stuff will be saved for other countries. Those people that tend to have health problems in their 40s in their 50s – even if this is their first time that they’ve had a health problem - might just make it past the death squad and get some treatment. It might not be great treatment, but it will be treatment. For those who are experiencing their third or fourth health scare during the halfway mark of today’s life expectancy, likely won’t be able to receive the type of medical care that they would be able to receive now. Why would you invest the time and effort and resources into a patient that you’re only going to see again in the next couple of months, if not years?
And then we get to infant mortality. There have been lot of advancements made in the past century dealing with premature births or defects that occur while live birth is happening, as well as other issues that come up with fetuses (or is it “fetii?”). Those will be long gone. As we will discuss in both the “Sex” and “Babies” shades, infants will be selected to die at a previously unheard of rate. If there’s money at all for pre-natal care it will go toward “take some vitamins and don’t fall down stairs or punch yourself in the stomach.”
Alarmingly, I would surmise that ultrasound machines will function in America similarly as they function in China – got a girl? “We can take care of that for you.” “What?” “Your baby has a minor defect that isn’t life threatening, but may cost some money for a NICU or drugs for a good portion of its life? We can’t have that here. Let’s just take care of it now before we all lose a lot of money, kay?”
Because that’s what it’s going to be about – making sure that the most babies are born in the most efficient manner possible, with all of the troubled infants being “taken care of” (that’s a euphemism for “being killed”). While having children is not an enumerated constitutional right, it is considered a penumbra right under the Ninth Amendment. So there you have it – a constitutional right abandoned as a result of Obamacare.
Sleep tight everyone – if you let the bedbugs bite, we may have to “take care of” you.
Christopher Markham writes a regular column for fredericknewspost.com.