How health care reform can impact probate abuse

Obamacare a Potential Boon for Estate Looters, Probate Abusers
Lou Ann Anderson
August 11, 2009

Might American seniors experience a new form of elder abuse under Obamacare?  Health care reform is a hot topic across this country and Saturday afternoon brought an extra intensity to the Texas heat in downtown Austin as Obamacare was discussed by Congressman Lloyd Doggett inside the AFL-CIO Hall while supporters from both sides of the debate exchanged barbs and chants outside the facility.  One of the most interesting aspects of this debate has to do with treatment of the elderly and that clearly was on the mind of those who believe the president is on the wrong path. addresses probate corruption and estate abuse and elder abuse is an important component – even an enabler – of this issue.  Glenn Beck often talks about the need to “connect the dots” with regard to political situations, policy decisions and taxpayer-funded expenditures.  He is absolutely right because intended and unintended consequences flow from all that’s occurring in the public arena and the outcome of the health care debate is a great example that will impact generations of Americans in numerous ways for the foreseeable future.

At Saturday’s rally, signs like “Euthanasia is government’s way to cure cancer” and “Old.  Sick?  Obama’s answer – pull the plug.” reflected the public’s concern about health care rationing with seniors as major targets of denial. (See more photos here.)  The prospect of coverage for increased numbers of people at a lower cost only makes sense with a downgrading of care.  When cost/benefit formulas are used, seniors are being viewed as the obvious “weak links” in maintaining cost efficient ratios.

In Obamacare Could Kill You, The American Spectator’s David Catron outlined anticipated realities about the “affordable and accessible” health care on which Obama-Biden campaigned.  While this article was written at the beginning of 2009, the same concerns are currently being raised.  The Wall Street Journal published a story earlier this week by Dr. Betsy McCaughey in which she addresses the senior population’s downside to proposals currently afloat:

While the House bill being pushed by the president reduces access to such cures and specialists, it ensures that seniors are counseled on end-of-life options, including refusing nutrition where state law allows it (pp. 425-446). In Oregon, the state is denying some cancer patients care that could extend their lives and is offering them physician-assisted suicide instead.

Click here for an interview in which Dr. McCaughey can be heard discussing the proposed legislation and the future of state-sponsored life termination for our elderly (and elderly-to-be!).

Meanwhile, Americans are a compassionate people and believe reform is needed, but not at the expense of the elderly.  Elder abuse with all its forms has become “the crime of the 21st century” and we don’t need to add health care to the list of ways in which the elderly are exploited.

Lou Ann Anderson is an advocate working to create awareness regarding the Texas probate system and its surrounding culture.  She is the Online Producer at and a Policy Advisor with Americans for Prosperity – Texas.  Lou Ann may be contacted at