Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, is warning about the dangers of Medicare-For-All in a new op-ed out in the Washington Times. As both a pro-life leader and a mother of four kids, two of whom have cystic fibrosis, Hawkins criticizes how government-run health care systems tend to ignore people with complex and expensive medical needs.
Medicare-For-All is not pro-life and it poses a direct threat to people like my kids.
— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) March 4, 2020
She writes, “Medicare for All proponents seek to destroy our $3.6 trillion current health care system, replacing it with sky-rocketing price tags such as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ $34 trillion plan or Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s $20.5 trillion proposal. This kind of math, however, will lead to losses of another kind — the loss of years of life my children will be allowed…This month, a controversial report from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) — a self-appointed health care-cost watchdog that puts a price tag on the lives of those struggling with sickness or a disability — specifically targeted care that helps my children who have cystic fibrosis (CF).Like in Caesar’s Roman Coliseum where a thumbs up or thumbs down judgment determined a person’s fate, ICER’s influence on whether a life should be saved, extended or left to die is terrifyingly increasing.”
She continues later, “ICER, which is funded heavily by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, includes several staff with ties to the drafting of the Affordable Care Act as well as connections to broken, socialized medical care systems worldwide. This group of bean counters and economists have taken it upon themselves to create a death-panel mathematical formula that, in their perfect world, would be used to decide who receives access to life-extending medical treatments and who does not.”
You can read the full op-ed here.