Assisted death has its place, and I have alluded to it in past writings.
Here sits a fairly old man. I have health insurance, but a great many are not as fortunate. Most of my medical care is covered, even prescriptions. Thank God. But how different would life be for me if I did not have it, and how different is it for people who don’t have it or are all of a sudden not covered, and let’s involve pre-existing conditions.
Let’s say I do not have insurance. My medical bills are bankrupting my family, and the home we have built is in jeopardy. The question: Is it more noble for me to pass into eternity and not leave the living on the street, hungry, wet, cold, destitute? Or do I waste a lifetime of work to try to save myself when I am in a losing, dying situation. The answer: I know my decision, and you have to make your own.
And let’s extend the conversation. Let’s consider the fact that so many “people of religion” proclaim the sanctity of life. Where is the hue and cry to save our neighbors, mankind itself from a miserable existence? Why isn’t the dialogue aimed at health care for all? Why isn’t the government in Washington expanding the Affordable Care Act if it is so concerned about our citizens? Why are both Republican and Democratic governors against block grants for health care? Because they know they don’t work, that’s why.
Why not keep the formulas in place and improve health insurance to help us all? A president once said, “We are here from the government and want to help.” Something like that. Doctors and nurses look people in the eye every day and know how our citizens are being mistreated. Listen to them. Could you do their work, and look someone in the eye, and tell them they can’t help because a pre-existing condition disqualifies them from help? Does anyone on Capitol Hill have a conscience?
Do not think that this isn’t going to happen here in Frederick County. It will, and it probably already has.
The camel is getting fatter and the eye of the needle is much smaller.