Friday, August 21, 2009

Obama To Veterans, Your Life May Not Be Worth Living

Shortly after seizing power earlier this year, Obama stood before America’s veterans and wounded soldiers and proclaimed,

“For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a grateful nation are more than warranted, but they aren't nearly enough. We also owe our veterans the care they were promised and the benefits that they have earned. We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It's a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end.”

Little did we know that his administration was going to allow the resurrection of a Clinton era program, for all intent and purpose, urging ailing Veterans to just off themselves.

"Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated 'Your Life, Your Choices.'"

"Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing."

"'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 Death Book for Veterans

Your Life, Your Choices pdf

Obama assured the country that reports of his planning “Death Panels” wasn’t true when he stated,
“I guess this arose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end-of-life care, setting up living wills. Somehow it’s gotten spun into this idea of death panels. Um, I am not in favor of that. I want to clear the air.”

Parsing his words carefully, as he always does, Death Panels, selecting who will live or die under this proposed heatlhscare program, doesn’t appear to be in the offering. But, giving people, first to Veterans, booklets to ascertain their life is no longer worth living seems pretty close to me.

Is this what Obama calls a “Sacred Commitment?”

Obama said before the group of Veterans above,
“Too many wounded warriors go without the care that they need. Too many veterans don't receive the support that they've earned. Too many who once wore our nation's uniform now sleep in our nation's streets.”

He then says his VA Healthcare program will
“significantly expand coverage so that 500,000 more veterans who have previously been denied it will receive it.”

How much of it will be from the Hemlock Society?

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