CTPP Blog (via WSJ) --
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...."
This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable. Worse, a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to "Your Life, Your Choices." Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients. America's 24 million veterans deserve better. More...
So if this is the way they treat our vets who have served our country, how do you think the general public will be treated under socialized government health care? And then in Obama's own scripted words he uses the US Post Office as his example of a well run quasi-government program!
Let's see... sounds like Granny Gertrude would have a better chance of living by having her prescriptions delivered by the Pony Express and fixed a lopped off limb herself using a butterfly bandage and a bottle of rubbing alcohol instead of Obamao's socialized hellth care based on veteran death books with the near bankrupt US Postal Service type management.