Friday, March 19, 2010
Decision of Life and Death. The tragedy of bio-ethics.
As BO, PeloNAZI, and company get ready to railroad the American people with their horrid bill, there's one issue that isn't get much fare anymore and it gets to the crust of why these lunatics are motivated to impose socialism, if not down right communism on us all the while making the illusionary statement of how they're for the people. When you get to the gist of the essence of what is what it means to "reform health care", it's about being able to choose or have options over our destiny when it comes to our health. This bill is nothing short of a naked attempt to take those choices away, despite the rhetoric and lies by the left, and leave it all up to the state. The crust of the issue that polarized the debate that has so far kept the left in check: death panels.
When Palin came up with her death panel comment, she hit the nail on the head. However, a bigger and more bitter pill was overlooked because these death panels are all for taking the ethos of bio ethics from the individuals. Let's face it, bio ethics is a complicated and ugly affair. When dealing with choices dealing with life, death, quality of life, the scenarios aren't pretty or pleasant. I remember my course in the subject matter when I was a student in what was once our proudest educational system here in the state of California. There were no clear path and the concept of being "fair" to all really complicate matters more. We, as most rational and fair minded individuals, seeks is to search out and form a equitable system so everyone has equal and fair opportunities in life. It's part of our "pursuit of liberty" mentality that we have here in America. However, as with other lawsuits and media hyperbola, we now tend to think equal pursuit means equal results.
My son often cries out that it's not fair that we can have cake, ice cream, yogurt, or many dairy or other products that contains milk, whey, or dairy by products. One particular night I got frustrated over it and told him that it wasn't fair, but that's how it is. We can digest milk, you can't. Deal with it. A harsh lesson to give my 10 year old, but a fact of life for him. His medical condition makes life more inconvenient for him because of his dangerous allergy. I can't be out in the sun without protection because of my pagination problem, those with diabetes can tell you what life is like while having to be more cautious of their sugar intakes. Simply put, as we are all different in some ways, we're not going to have equal results for equal attempts. Some things are going to be different based on our genetics, skills, education, desires, talent, experiences, etc. So we have in the health care industry as well. We're not going to have equal results or equal costs. For some of us, those that have good health, it's not a big issue or financial drain. For others, not so. To have the government to intervene and attempt to force everyone to be equally at a disadvantage, how is that fair? In the end, will we all just be worse off than the worse case scenario?
Worse still, sooner or later we're going to have to face one of bio ethics ugly realities: death. I once asked my wife, if there was a medical procedure and it costs a $1 million but it will only buy me a week with tubes and all, would we do it? Frankly, if I'm that gone, spare us the expense, both financially and emotionally, and let nature take it course. We don't want face this reality, but it's there. Now if someone out there wants to pay for that week, that's their business and money. This is where the soul of the health care debate is really about. Do we want to be able to make our own choices based on our health, financial situation (which for many isn't good right now), quality of life or do we want the government to make that for us? Frankly, much of my health issues have been bought about myself, mainly my weight, and I have nobody but myself to blame. As my mother asked me once, if you get hit and the hospital refuses to aid because you have no health insurance or money, what do you want them to do. I said, "let me die." Why? Because those are the choices I made and I don't think anyone one else should, by force, pay for my lack of vision or luck. There's no guarantee in life, and to expect one is fool hardly.
Frankly, given the government's track record, I don't want them making health decisions for anyone. This can backfire on so many levels. What other choices will we lose. What foods we can eat because, as with me, obesity is a drain on the health care system. What about what we can drive, or how we can spend our recreation time? Cap and Trade. EPA control of carbon dioxide as it toxic and poses health risks? Do we want those that gave us the Postal Service and DMV with spending that goes out of control with no accountability to make these life and death decisions like Do Not Resuscitate, is the unborn child too much of a risk to the mother, is taking insulin shots too costly, is Uncle Joe's quality of life too diminished? Frankly, I would rather makes those choices, and if I can't make those choices, then what quality of life do I have left? If I get that far gone, then let me go. That's MY choice. What I, and I think 60% of Americans, don't want is to have the government make that and impose their decision upon us. Given how the Demoncrats in Washington are responding, they don't care for that. Seems they think they know better than us, and that's should scare us more than anything that can go awry in health care. That's would be the biggest tragedy in bio ethics.