Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Bill

Yesterday I did a search online for the 'Health Care Bill', and found it. It was in response to someone posting, claiming that a certain portion of it advocated euthanasia. A part of me couldn't believe that there would be legislation so blatant and seemingly barbaric as to use that kind of language. I didn't know what to expect and so I found the portion of the bill in question, and read it.

The term 'euthanasia' never comes up. Rather, it sounds somewhat reasonable, in that, and I'm paraphrasing; every five years you should talk to your physician about end-of-life matters, like Living Will type stuff. Fairly benign. But then upon reflection, a question comes to mind; why should that even have to be in a piece of government legislation? Shouldn't it be common sense? Or at least left up to the individual and family, and brought to the doctor? The government should not be a part of that discussion, let alone telling doctors how to do their jobs.

I think that is the nose of the camel in the tent. Next, there may be 'guidelines' as to how to determine if a patient is a candidate for what kind of 'end-of-life' options. and so it goes, until who knows where it will end up. Now I could be somewhat paranoid, and so could a whole bunch of other people. But history can teach us a thing or two about how governments work when they want more power. They work for it gradually, a little bit at a time. We need to be vigilant and alert, and civilized. Please, lets be civilized.

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