Thursday, August 20, 2009

Health Care "Reform" Gets Religioius

(Update 5:43 PM)

It gets hilarious. According to Tevi Troy, who was deputy secretary of health and human services from 2007 to 2009 and served as the White House Jewish liaison under Bush, says in his article about yesterday's conference call with 1000 rabbis in National Review Online today:

"...the hold music on the line, through no apparent fault of the White House or the Religious Action Center, which sponsored the call, was “Deutschland Über Alles.” A number of rabbis apparently expressed discomfort with this choice of music as well."

(I would be rather upset if I were Jewish.)

Mr. Troy also doubts the wisdom of invoking Rosh Hashanah prayer:

"Second, and more surprisingly, is this really the context in which he wishes to discuss health reform — a powerful and unseen being making determinations of life and death? One would think that he would want to avoid anything that could raise the specter of rationing, death panels, or the like."

He quotes the prayer in the article, too. There's much more than just life and death:

"On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; who by water and who by fire, who by sword, who by beast, who by famine, who by thirst, who by storm, who by plague, who by strangulation, and who by stoning. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and who will be harried, who will enjoy tranquillity and who will suffer, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched, who will be degraded and who will be exalted. But REPENTANCE, PRAYER, and CHARITY remove the evil of the decree. "

(Original post)

The previous administration was quite often accused of blending politics with religion. The present administration is doing the same, and no one bats an eye (that I know of).

'We are God's partners in matters of life and death'
(Ben Smith, 8/19/09 Politico)

"A reader points out that President Obama's call with the rabbis today — as recorded in Rabbi Jack Moline's and other clerics' Twitter feeds — freights health care reform with a great deal of religious meaning, and veers into the blend of policy and faith that outraged liberals in the last administration.

""We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama said, according to Moline (paging Sarah Palin...), quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided "who shall live and who shall die." [emphasis is mine]

"The president ended the call by wishing the rabbis "shanah tovah," or happy new year — in reference to the High Holidays a month from now."

Now that's scary. The President (and/or his surrogates) will decide who shall live and who shall die. Like those in charge of certain camps about 70 years ago in certain parts of Europe, who decided who should go left, and who should go right.

Just for your information, from
"Narcissistic Personality: The sufferers of this disorder have a very lofty perception of themselves. They believe they are “special” or even God-like in appearance and status. They have strong delusions of grandeur, putting themselves above others’ emotions and feelings. They usually have no remorse for their behavior, and will sometimes exhibit jealousy towards others, or, more commonly, think others jealous of them. " [emphasis is mine]


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