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"Death" PanelsPosted Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 3:57 PM
A woman and husband have been married for 33 years. One day the husband goes into the doctor for his annual check-up. During the check-up the doctor notices something not quite right and orders more tests. It is soon discovered that the man has throat cancer and it is advanced. The man gets the treatment he needs and everything seems to be going fine until one day he is admitted into the hospital with pneumonia. Over the next few months the man recovers and lapses into and out of different sicknesses. Throughout this entire ordeal his wife who has been by his side through every minute has been going over the options with him and his doctors at every step.
One day she comes into the room and her husband looks up at her and tells her that he just can't fight anymore. All the tests, all the drugs have just taken the fight out of him and that he is ready to let go and he wants her help. His wife leaves and talks to the man's doctors and asks what his chances are. The chances are slim but not impossible. She is left with the hardest and most gut wrenching decisions that she will ever have to make in her entire life. Help him by asking the doctors to continue the process of taking care of him or help him by helping him let go and take him off all the machines and the drugs.
That, my friends, is an example of the death panels that the Sarah Palins, Glen Becks, John Boenhers, and Eric Cantors of this world want you to be so afraid of. That's the "death" panels that Democratic lawmakers want the insurance companies to insure for you and your loved ones.
The above example is of a couple that has the money to go through all of this, but what about the families that can't afford the drugs or the machines? A columnist recently said that health care was not a right it was a privilege. Why should it not be a right? This is the United States of America, every man, woman, and child should be able to receive proper affordable health care. Unfortunately we have health insurance institution that only cares about their bottom line and they use that bottom line to pay of Congressmen so that they can continue to price gouge and cancel insurance at a whim.
When did we get to the point in this society that the only people that should be taken care of are the ones that have all the money? There's a Bible verse that says that the meek shall inherit the earth but it seems that in this country at least the rich and powerful are doing their best to ensure that the meek do not in fact inherit anything.
Those in politics that are standing in the way of every American man, woman, and child getting health care are not doing it because they believe they have better ideas about how to fix the system, they are standing in the way because the insurance companies are paying them to stand in the way.
If you want to call my belief in every person getting health care socialism, communism, obamunism, fascism, or whatever other -ism you can think of that's fine. I disagree with you, of course. I do not see it as a political motivation at all. We live in the freest country in the world and yet there are millions of Americans that go without health insurance just so that they can feed their children every night.
What is so terrible about wanting the best for my fellow countrymen and using the government to do that?
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