I didn’t expect my next post to involve something that made me simply sick to my stomach.
Apparently, the rightfully-derided “end-of-life counseling” that has been recently dropped from the healthcare bill already exists in government-healthcare…at the VA.
The Orwellian-titled “Your Life, Your Choices” contains some appalling questions:
There is a section which provocatively asks, “Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘If I’m a vegetable, pull the plug’?” There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as “I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being,” “I am a severe financial burden on my family” and that the vet’s situation “causes severe emotional burden for my family.”
To our veterans: our country has asked all that it can of you. And for our government to ask, in return, that you sacrifice your life for us twice does not make me proud of my country.
(By the way, note that this pamphlet was introduced in 1997 under Clinton, suspended under Bush, and is now being reinstated under Obama.
Maybe conservatives are right when they claim that liberals hate the military.)
UPDATE (8/24): More VA failures exposed: 1,200 veterans told they had fatal Lou Gehrig’s disease, when in fact they didn’t.
And it took over a week for the problem to be corrected.