hEALTH CARE ALARMISTS’ INCONSISTENCIES

19 08 2009

HERE’S AN INFORMATIVE COMMENT I GOT TO A RECENT POST

It Deserves Highlighting:


Who ARE these “death panel” people? Nincompoops and lamebrains ??? Its obviously a scare tactic used by the republicans…insurance companies, hospitals and HMOs already use terms like “End of Life” to describe this consultation…Blue Cross, Humana, Catholic Healthcare West, Kaiser Permanente, they all use it!!! It’s as if these halfwit GOP sheep just started looking into healthcare for the first time in their lives….of course they could be just flamin’ hypocrites like Sarah Palin, who now hysterically cries out “death panels” despite the fact that she declared a “Healthcare Decisions Day” in Alaska just a little over a year ago.

“WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. WHEREAS, in Alaska, Alaska Statute 13.52 provides the specifics of the advance directives law and offers a model form for patient use.

WHEREAS, it is estimated that only about 20 percent of people in Alaska have executed an advance directive. Moreover, it is estimated that less than 50 percent of severely or terminally ill patients have an advance directive.

WHEREAS, it is likely that a significant reason for these low percentages is that there is both a lack of knowledge and considerable confusion in the public about Advance Directives.

WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives, as well as to encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with advance directives.

WHEREAS, the Foundation for End of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and executing advance directives.

WHEREAS, as a result of April 16, 2008, being recognized as Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, more citizens will have conversations about their healthcare decisions; more citizens will execute advance directives to make their wishes known; and fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2008, as: Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”

Dated: April 16, 2008

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20 08 2009
permacrisis

The trouble with health insurance is you can’t total a person.

Unfortunately, you CAN strip them for parts:
http://www.telegram.com/article/20090819/NEWS/908190413

Watch for the practice to be first legalized in the guise of pro-little guy, then co-opted by insurance companies looking to recoup ‘their’ money back.

20 08 2009
nightman1

You hit it dude! I think this is 100% certain.

And — pardon me for always going on about the evils of wealth — the vast majority of those organs are gonna go from the poor to the rich.

As a corollary of that, watch the news over the next 20 – 30 years. You will see more and more stories of celebrities, etc. and wealthy people of all kinds living extra long — 90, 100 years or more.

As those trends develop, I wish I could be around then to see the answer to this question: Will Americans finally develop class awareness when they see it is not just money, but actual LIFE, that rich folks have lots more of than they do?

When that becomes apparent, two powerful myths underlying American culture will collide: the myth that we live in a democracy and are all treated equal, and the myth that even if we are poor we should be on the side of the rich in political disputes because we’re gonna be rich too some day.

20 08 2009
permacrisis

They will call it Kash For Kidneys, if I’m not mistaken 🙂

21 08 2009
nightman1

And the companies that trade it kidneys and other organs will hire some of this country’s top-flight public relations men to go on TV talk shows and tell us how the practice of trading in organs not only saves peoples’ lives, but also offers poor people an excellent opportunity to put together a substantial sum of money for the first time in their lives.

Those poor folks can then invest the money they got for their kidneys, such spokesmen will go on to explain, in [HERE COME THE MAGIC WORDS]

SMALL BUSINESSES, whereupon said kidney-deprived folks will become

ENTREPRENEURS!

A few years of this, and the business of trading in organs will be totally respectable throughout the USA.

26 08 2009
javajune

Just popped in to say hello to my dear friend-you
xo-jj

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