Friday, August 14, 2009

hypocrisy alert, and a few comments on end-of-life counseling

I always love this stuff: Former Gov. Palin was for end of life counseling during her partial term in office before she decided to turn tail and oppose it. Then we have a Georgian senator (Isakson) who apparently wanted to go much further than the current House health care legislation by making end-of-life counseling mandatory; I suppose that's one way to distinguish himself from his colleagues and the Prez. To be fair to Isakson, he's at least been willing to deal with the damn lies that have been spread by Palin and her ilk in a forthright manner, unlike many of his fellow Republicans. He's also been a long-time advocate of end-of-life counseling.

Which brings me to something I just want throw out there. What's the problem with encouraging end-of-life counseling? What's the problem with encouraging those who are elderly or who regardless of age may be facing terminal illnesses to decide the sorts of medical interventions that they want, and to basically get their affairs in order? I realize that death is a scary topic for the vast majority of us. If you really want to increase someone's anxiety level a few notches, make their mortality salient to them. Is that what the fuss is about? Or is it simply that those with an interest in putting duct tape on the current health "care" system just a bit longer to squeeze those last huge profit margins before the whole system collapses are desperate for anything that might scare constituents into "wanting" a product that already has a history of not working, and in fact is going to send them to earlier graves than they would have had otherwise?

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