Kudos to the Supreme Court on ObamaCare approval...with reservations. What are my reservations?
Why not approve Jack Kevorkian's "Death with Dignity" option? This would return individual rights to those who are suffering with terminal diseases. Many people might choose the right to die option as opposed to prolonged suffering (and costs), rather than allowing health care providers to go to extreme measures to keep them alive, no matter what the cost OR the prolongued suffering. Click HERE to see Kevorkian's machine that allows an individual to choose the right to die painlessly.
Approving Kevorkian's proposed alternative to prolongued suffering might have a dramatic impact on cost containment of health care. To quote Kevorkian, "this country has lost all common sense."
Death is part of life. Individuals with terminal diseases who wish to have the option to choose death with dignity and minimal suffering should have the right to make this choice.
The medical industry has increasingly moved from dedicated doctors into big business, run by business people and lawyers, not doctors. Additionally, without tort reform that prevent lawyers and surviving relatives motivated to use litigation as a windfall profit plan, health care providers are arguably forced to go to expensive "extreme measures" for those who might not want it. This also drives up the cost of health care. Afterall, as Kevorkian said, death IS part of life. I accept that. We all must accept it. But Kevorkian believed that suffering could and should be minimized if the individual so chooses. Why should someone who dreads the very thought of Alzheimer's be forced to be kept alive once diagnosed? Nor should doctors be held liable for litigation by surviving family members. And realistic caps on medical litigation awards should certainly be instituted ASAP.
Click HERE to see a summary of how ObamaCare will be paid for. Someone appears to have put a lot of thought into attempted fiscal responsibility. But if we don't add tort reform and allow for the individual choice of death with dignity as part of cost containment, I predict that this commendable attempt to address the growing heath care crisis will become too expensive. Palin, Gingrich and others might attempt to taint ObamaCare with threats of "death panels" for cost containment. But if Kevorkian's proposal was legalized, it would return to the individual the right to choose one's own fate above any government operated health care mandates.
I don't want Newt Gingrich's religious beliefs deciding my fate any more than he wants a government panel deciding his fate.