Monday, July 27, 2009

Healthcare reform - something to look forward to in old age.

St. Euthanasia
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I have friends who say they will end their lives rather than allow themselves to become incapacitated by illness and old age - they believe assisted suicide is the way to go. I suspect many Americans are coming around to this way of thinking - especially younger people accustomed to entitlements, worried old people will use up all of their benefits. Pro-life folks have seen this coming - and whether or not the final draft of the U.S. health care initiative will include such 'end of life care' for seniors, the issue can not be easily dismissed precisely because it has already been placed on the table.
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I'm aware of conferences at local medical facilities as far back as the 1980's discussing the viability of euthanasia for terminally ill patients and the elderly suffering from dementia. No wonder the issue has been raised in the current health care debate. It stands to reason euthanasia and assisted suicide is emerging as an inevitable proposition considering our unstable economy and the federal deficit - not to mention dwindling medicare and social security funds.
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I think one reason Obama wants to push the health care bill through so fast is because he doesn't want the average American to know the details, and although some in Congress and the media are accusing conservatives of playing the euthanasia card as a scare tactic, some lawmakers are confirming that the euthanasia devil is indeed in the details.
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Two Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are confirming reports that the health care restructuring bill the House is currently considering promotes euthanasia. A leading patients rights advocate is worried about the effects of the legislation.
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Betsy McCaughey, the former New York lieutenant government who is now a patient's rights advocate, notes that the government-run health care plan would require end of life counseling for seniors.
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The counseling, she says, would be focused on telling seniors how to end their lives sooner.
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In a statement sent to LifeNews.com House Republican Leader John Boehner Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter confirm those fears.
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"Section 1233 of the House-drafted legislation encourages health care providers to provide their Medicare patients with counseling on ‘the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration’ and other end of life treatments,'" the pair say.
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That section "may place seniors in situations where they feel pressured to sign end of life directives they would not otherwise sign."
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"This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia if enacted into law. At a minimum this legislative language deserves a full and open public debate – the sort of debate that is impossible to have under the politically-driven deadlines Democratic leaders have arbitrarily set for enactment of a health care bill," they state.
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Boehner and McCotter are especially concerned about the provision given that Oregon and Washington have legalized assisted suicide and Montana has given conditional approval depending on the outcome of a state Supreme Court decision.
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“With three states having legalized physician-assisted suicide, this provision could create a slippery slope for a more permissive environment for euthanasia, mercy-killing and physician-assisted suicide because it does not clearly exclude counseling about the supposed benefits of killing oneself," they say.
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9 comments:

  1. Euthanasia makes me sad. Just because someone's life isn't like mine or yours doesn't mean they don't deserve it.

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  2. Palin 2012, that's what I'm thinking.

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  3. Perfect choice of picture...

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  4. This is bad sh*t, no getting around it.

    But so is the fact that people die in this country every year because they couldn't afford the treatment that could have saved their lives.

    Pro-life is pro-life is pro-life, period. We shouldn't be deterred from seeing to the needs of the poor because someone might try and hi-jack it.

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  5. My mother-in-law passed away earlier this year. Her last weeks were filled with suffering. I lost count of the times she said, "I wish God would just take me." She had signed a "no-code", and we were all in agreement that no extraordinary means would be employed. But she didn't mean that she wanted another human being to end her life. I am afraid that if the euthanasia option were readily available, a lot of terminally ill people wouldn't have the strength to resist the temptation, especially if they were suffering. And their families might think they were doing a kindness.
    I should add that when the time came, my m.i.l. slipped away peacefully. Most of the family members whom we have lost have died in peace(the only one who didn't ended his own life). It's just the time leading up to death which has been very difficult. The temptation would be very great to expedite matters; I don't think we want to go down that road.

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  6. Susan - I love you to pieces but Palin is an idiot.

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  7. There is only one issue - whether a human being has a right to end other human being's life. If we don't consider the act of war, then the general answer is "no".

    This general opinion is also codified by both home & international law, as fas as I'm aware.

    How can any of this be part of any US bill?!

    Julie

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  8. Same 'ol , same 'ol. from wikipedia...

    In October 1939, Hitler ordered "mercy killing" of the sick and disabled. The Nazi’s euthanasia program to eliminate “life unworthy of life” began focusing on only the newborns and very young children, but soon spread. Nazi euthanasia broadened to eliminate anyone with mental retardation or physical deformity.

    *Hitler would use guilt trips on parents to inform them of their patriotic duty to put their children down. What kind of selfish parent would force a disabled child to live?
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    When my parents converted for some reason they changed their mind on this stuff too. Maybe because they're getting older and finally they get what I've been harping about. Conversions change people though.
    Now I am trying to explain to them that holiness comes from suffering and that suffering has value even though it's dreadful.
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    Your garden looks awesome Mr.Terry!

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  9. Terry - "I'm your biggest fan."

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