Last edited by GloriaInTX; 10-23-2013 at 03:41 PM.
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I have a hard time making the leap from socialized medicine (even when an ethics committee is enabled in some cases to look at indefinitely continuing care for brain dead individuals) to **** Germany. It reminds of those commercials where your cable is messed up, and this leads to a whole string of misfortunates culminating in you ending up in the witness protection program. "Don't end up in the witness protection program. Call Direct TV (or whoever it is) today!"
ETA: I also wanted to add that if you think things are necessarily better under private insurance, I disagree. In the past (before Obamacare, oddly enough!) many insurance policies had a cap on maximum lifetime benefits. As you can imagine, having machines keep a brain dead individual alive is expensive. Sure, the insurance companies can't say "Pull the plug" but before Obama (thanks Obama!) they could say "Sorry, you've reached your max lifetime benefit so you can keep your loved one in the hospital, but we aren't paying for it." Which is kind of what people are saying here, right? If people want to prolong the "lives" of their family members who are braindead, they should pay for it themselves instead of having the tax payers pay for it. Of course, that may not be the case any more because of ACA. I assume those of you who think that people should be able to keep their loved ones on life support forever approve of that section of the ACA?
Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 10-23-2013 at 04:15 PM.
And the fact is that other people *are* right now making those kinds of decisions. It’s judges because these kinds of disagreements, where there isn’t a so-called “death panel,” end up in courts. I'd actually rather have a team of independent doctors -- the people who know most about these conditions, the available treatments and comfort methods, and the prognoses -- making these decisions than uneducated judges -- who rely on briefs written mostly by biased parties -- and taking up precious court time that should be better used for other things.
That is not what is going to happen, and it’s not what is happening here. This is not “The Government.” It’s an independent panel of doctors. Yes, I believe that brain-dead bodies should be allowed to become fully dead-dead. If you want your micro-preemie saved at all costs, including a lifetime of disability and pain, then go for it, but that’s not what I would have wanted for my family or my child. And if the medical interventions aren’t working, then I think the humane thing to do is to let your child die peacefully. When I was pregnant each time, we were asked what we wanted if our child was born early, and I don’t understand why that isn’t a standard question for every pregnant woman everywhere. And no one is advocating killing children with Down syndrome or paraplegics, and that’s not going to happen. See “not a slippery slope” above.
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