Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Afternoon Cigar

A Rocky Patel Sun Grown smoldered as we caught up with our extremist podcasts...

UPDATE 6PM: Our first podcast, Rush's show today, we learned about the VA 'Death Book'.

Rush tells us that the dastardly Bush canceled the VA booklet, Your Life, Your Choices, aka the Death Book. Obama, the first US president that suggested veterans pay for their own health care, brought the book back to life - so to speak. We downloaded the book - from here - and here are screenshots from the cover, page 21, and page 23:

Link to Wednesday's WSJ article by Jim Towey, The Death Book for Veterans:

If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.

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.
When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?

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.

More like "Your Life, A Death Panel's Choices". But we'll hear our President tell us that this is only for those veterans...

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