Obamacare’s “Board Of Death” And Your QALY Score

July 30, 2009

President Obama’s progressive socialized medicine scheme will create a horrifyingly cold and draconian federal agency tasked with rating the dollar value of your life, and worthiness for treatment.

QALY: Quality-Adjusted Life Year. A formula devised by left-wing policy wonks that purports, as David Catron has so ably illuminated on these pages, to measure the worth of your life by assigning a numerical value to each year of your existence. In Catron’s words: “A year of perfect health, for example, is given a value of 1.0 while a year of sub-optimum health is rated between 0 and 1. If you are confined to a wheelchair, a year of your life might be valued at half that of your ambulatory neighbor. If you are blind or deaf, you also score low. All that remains is to assign a specific dollar value to the QALY and, voilà, your life has a price tag.” [LINK]

Jeffrey Lord of American Spectator isn’t mincing words when it comes to the agency that would rate your QALY worth:

Let’s get rid of the bureaucratese here and just call this agency what it really is: The U.S. Bureau of Death (or “BOD” in the acronym form loved by bureaucrats everywhere).

Lord takes a look at the president’s own words, and the legislation being proposed, and does the math: “So. Who will tell Michael J. Fox he needs to die?”

Guess who else doesn’t have a high enough QALY score, and will be denied treatment under Obamacare: Elizabeth Taylor, David Letterman, Magic Johnson and more!

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One Response to Obamacare’s “Board Of Death” And Your QALY Score

  1. Carole Sluis on July 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Unbelievable…shall we call it Healthcare for Clunkers?? This is such a joke. As they say on the news “you just can’t make this stuff up”!

    Where will our lawmakers in Illinois be meeting during the break for a town hall meeting etc. Maybe they are just staying home and reading the bill (there’s a thought). I think they are afraid to appear before their constituents. Surely they have some idea of the feelings.

    I guess this weekend will consist of all the smoking guns…the dog,the vacation,the beer fest,the victory garden,Michelle’s vacation, President O & Michelles weekend home and on and on it goes. UNBELIEVABLE!!


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