Wednesday, August 12, 2009

reform reality

“Obamacare requires euthanasia for seniors” is just one of the ridiculous myths being circulated to short-circuit healthcare reform in our United States. Political opportunists on all sides of the political spectrum, and big companies that fear reform, are seeking to gain at we, the people’s expense.

Jim Wallis (author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It) writes, “I’ve had enough of the misinformation and, frankly, misleading statements coming from those who oppose the transformation of a health system that currently renders the best health care to the wealthiest, depletes the savings of solidly middle-class Americans, and leaves 46 million people with no health-care coverage at all. We don’t have to fall victim to the naysayers – those seeking to prop up the status quo and sustain the profits of the massive insurance corporations. Business as usual is not what we’re about. It’s not what change is about. It’s certainly not what people of good will from all faiths, who embrace the Golden Rule and seek the common ground of justice and fairness, are about.”

Wallis and his friends at Sojourner magazine have created a guide to answering the questions—-both legitimate and outlandish—-about healthcare reform.

The White House has put up its own “reality check” website.

This is not about politics, it is not about conservative vs. liberal, it’s about doing the morally right thing, and offering better health care to more people. Please share the above resources with your families, coworkers, congregations, neighbors, et al.


At 6:20 AM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

“Obamacare requires euthanasia for seniors” is just one of the ridiculous myths....

Yes but Obamacare certainly seems to want to nudge us --Cass Sunstein like-- towards that option. Many around Obama seem inclined towards it... read Lee Seigel yesterday.

In 1977 HEW advocated end-of-life planning as a cost savings measure (I can link you to the memo) until Chicago's Cardinal Bernadine spoke out.

May not require euthanisia but it certainly seems open to paying for it as an option. Or at least opening the door to it. I suspect some UUs would be open to that too.

A bill that proclaims itself a cost containment act with an extensive end-of-life section certainly seems likely to open the door to Switzerland

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

You'll want to read Zeke Emmanuel's recent article in the Lancet, “Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions”, reviewed here

Look at the graph of age vs interventions and I'd say fear of euthanasia well founded.

I'll post more on my on blog later.


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