|Romneycare DEATH PANELS for the 47%|
Also in the 1941 medical gutter were the "4Fs of the 4Fs", those young men dying of invariable fatal SBE, seen as consuming precious medical resources at a time when many in the medical elite thought that the sole medical priority should be war medicine for the fit 1As.
Think of today's Mitt Romney as 1941's Dr Romney, if you aren't getting the picture yet.
But somebody - a nobody - in Manhattan had a different idea.
He thought both "unfits" (penicillin and the SBEs) could be redeemed, pulled out of that illusionary gutter, and put back to work combatting the Nazi evil.
For the Nazi evil included not just tanks and subs but also Aktion 4T : a scheme to kill all Germans ( and later everybody) who were judged not productive enough to bother having around .
Romneycare "death panels"
It is hard to tell just how many people would have ultimately have ended up dead in Romneycare styled "death panels", if the demands of the war for all forms of labour hadn't intervened.
Who knows , perhaps as many as 47%.
The nobody's plan was a sort of Aktion 4F.
It was to be a rebuttal to the Nazi Aktion T-4 .
And a rebuttal as well as to his own 1A eugenically obsessed colleagues, like Dr Foster Kennedy who suggested killing the unfit young in that same year, 1941, to a wide round of applause.
Think of it as "the other wartime Manhattan Project" : saving the 4Fs of the 4Fs at the very height of an all out obsession with 1As.
Think of it, perhaps, as the most profound rebuttal to everything Hitler stood for : it said, even in war, we Allies care ( or should care) about the least of the these, as well as the wise and the mighty.
So that nobody - Dr Martin Henry Dawson - put penicillin to work and soon his medical notes happily recorded that many of his SBE patients had indeed gotten up from their deathbeds and had gone back to work , paying taxes.
Hitler preferred killing people with such diseases outright ( see Martin Bader for an example) while the American medical elite in the 1940s and the American political elite in the 2010s, prefers to let them die quietly offstage, by neglect. The outcome is broadly the same.
Morally, it is only a short slippery slide from a fundraiser in Boca Raton to the death camps at Auschwitz....