Daily Archives: August 26, 2009

“Your Life, Your Choices”, VA Administration bullying vets?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal  the  reports that last year the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices” calling it a “living will” planning tool. 

It was written by Dr. Robert Pearlman, the chief of ethics evaluation for the VA. Dr. Pearlman is known for favoring physician-assisted suicide and for his support of health-care rationing. 

Quoting the Journal article:

“Your Life, Your Choices” presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political “push poll.” For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be “not worth living.”

The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to “shake the blues.” There is a section which provocatively asks, “Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘If I’m a vegetable, pull the plug’?” There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as “I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being,” “I am a severe financial burden on my family” and that the vet’s situation “causes severe emotional burden for my family.”

This is the second go round for this booklet. The booklet was first introduced at the VA in 1997. Later the Bush White House pulled it because of the way it looked at complex health and moral issues. The Obama Administration however, has reinstituted its’ use. 

This has become another example of how the approach to government run health care might look. This is an unfeeling and callous approach to health care. If this is the approach we are already willing to consider with our veterans can you imagine that this wouldn’t become part of the policy for the general public.

Here are a couple of video news segments on this specific issue and healthcare in general.

The bottom line as Judge Napolitano says the government consumes resources rather than creates them. Cash for Clunkers, Medicare, Medicaid are all poster children for how poorly government run programs perform. While there are parts of the healthcare system that need improvement an overhaul is not required. If the government wants to help then they could start by reforming laws around frivolous malpractice lawsuits and getting out of bed with the drug companies.

 Here is a link to the full Wall Street Journal article.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204683204574358590107981718.html

 Healthcare Reform is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation to come to the floor of Congress in 50 years. This is an essential building block for the Democrat’s socialist agenda. It also has the potential to bankrupt our country and change the American way of life forever. This legislation does not FIX a single problem but it creates a potential litany of new ones. This entire piece of legislation is unnecessary. If we are really trying to solve health care coverage for poor Americans then let’s do that and leave the system that takes care of the other 90+% of us alone. 

This debate will continue and we must continue to fight the attempts of Congress to hijack our healthcare, our liberty, our freedom, and our way of life. 

“The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third”. –Voltaire 

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error”. – Robert H. Jackson