Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Jim Towey stated:
One can only imagine a soldier surviving the war in Iraq and returning without all of his limbs only to encounter a veteran's health-care system that seems intent on his surrender.
I was not surprised to learn that the VA panel of experts that sought to update "Your Life, Your Choices" between 2007-2008 did not include any representatives of faith groups or disability rights advocates. And as you might guess, only one organization was listed in the new version as a resource on advance directives:
the Hemlock Society (now euphemistically known as "Compassion and Choices").
This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable. Worse, a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to "Your Life, Your Choices." Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients.
America's 24 million veterans deserve better.
That 'book' is very much geared to guiding a disabled person toward ending their life. I read it last night.
It isn't JUST the Iraq veterans that the VA treats, but also those who are disabled from previous military service, like the WWII, Korean, Vietnam, etc.
Abortion is not the only aspect of the Obama Health Care that worries me, as I am nearing retirement age, and have a medical history that would easily cause ME to be 'counseled' the way this booklet directs...
With the death by abortion of so many children since 1973, the work force has decreased so much that the large number of those of us in this 'baby boomers' group JUST STARTING to reach retirement age will NOT be able to be supported by those that survived. There is not enough money out there to have health care for everyone that is paid for by taxes. Rationed care ... or a strong push toward guilting people to end their lives is a very REAL possibility.