Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Obama Administration to Veterans: Hurry Up and Die

The Veteran's Administration has published a helpful little booklet for wounded, sick, or aging veterans advising them to give serious consideration to helping out the government's fiscal situation by doing themselves in.

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."

You can read rest of the details is this morning's WSJ here.

One can hardly wait until Ali Obama and the 40 Thieves have all of American medicine in their grasp.

By the way, does the special health plan that Congresshumans have just for themselves include this helpful planning booklet? It would be a shame if they were deprived of this invaluable aid in determining when their lives became worthless.