The headlines are amazing, as the denial continues on, suggesting that any claim of a death panel is a myth created by either lying right-wingers or lying special interest groups, who are uninformed or, for selfish reasons, trying to wrongly destroy the health care reform that some think will be a wondrous blessing to all. No, it simply couldn’t be that there is reason for concern.
No matter what they call themselves, or who they work for, there are in fact “death panels” in existence at this very moment and have been for quite some time now. How can anyone dare write, or believe, that “death panels” are merely a myth?
Andrea Clark was sentenced to die under Texas’ Futile Care Law, though she was aware and fighting for her life. She was, after all, deemed by the so-called ethics committee to be hopeless and therefore unworthy of continued effort. Never mind that she was fully aware — it was deemed time to put her down and out of her misery.
In Andrea’s case, her family obtained an attorney and was able to get a stay (delay), while they fought for her. During this period, Andrea did die, but she died because of natural causes and not because she was made to die. There is a very big difference between the two.
The family was not expecting the medical staff to create a miracle that was not within their power to create. All the family wanted was for Andrea to have the chance to survive, if it was possible. She had, after all, been a survivor all her life. Perhaps she would beat the odds again.
Andrea was aware! Andrea was fighting for her life! So what do you call it, when someone decides that in spite of the fact that you are aware and fighting for your life, your life support is going to be removed and you will die? Worse — that you are aware of the decision and that you are going to die because of that very decision and you didn’t even commit a crime beyond becoming ill or injured.
Then we have Gary Harvey from New York, whose wife is fighting both for his life and the right to take him home.
“This is a case where a 55 year old man had a heart attack, fell down the basement stairs, and ended up severely brain damaged. It is a case where still another so-called ethics committee felt it had some sort of god-like wisdom and right to determine life or death for a stranger. It is a case where a so-called ethics committee decided, behind closed doors
, that it was perfectly okay to starve and dehydrate this man — Gary Harvey — to death by termination of his Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) feeding tube.”
Thankfully the request has been dismissed for now, but just what title should be given to those, who wished to starve and dehydrate Gary Harvey to death?
Full Article and Source:
The Brainwashing of an Unsuspecting People: Continuing to Deny Death Panels
Behind Closed Doors: The Gary Harvey Story
Follow Up: The Gary Harvey Story