August 20, 2009

“Your Life, Your Choices.”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:54 pm

There has been a good deal of discussion concerning the “End-of-Life Counseling” that is currently part of ObamaCare. To get a feel for what the Administration has in mind, we need look no further than one of the areas of healthcare that is already controlled by the administration – namely the Veterans’ Hospitals.

One month ago, the Obama Administration reinstituted a program that was launched in 1997 under President Clinton, but which was suspended under the Bush Administration. Under the “Your Life, Your Choices” program, veterans are given a questionnaire to complete designed to permit them to determine whether it makes sense to go on living.

Go here, read the first linked page, then read the second linked page for a look at the questionnaire.

Then, try to keep your head from exploding.



  1. Just. Farookin. Wonderful.

    Comment by Dave Merriman — August 20, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Just. Damn!

    Comment by Bill — August 20, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  3. Un-F—ing believable! There are no good words for this type of thing.

    Comment by Gerald — August 21, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  4. And everyone thought Logan’s Run was scifi. I hate that man.

    Comment by Teresa — August 21, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

  5. Well, we all knew it was true. And W suspended it during his administration. And PresO promptly restored it during his. The only good thing is that the guy is self-destructing way faster than we could all have hoped for.

    Comment by jim ettwein — August 22, 2009 @ 6:27 am

  6. Heard this on Rush yesterday; Rush was reading the questions to the audience. Appalling.

    Comment by dogette — August 22, 2009 @ 10:56 am

  7. Just the first step in disbanding the military as we know it.

    Comment by james old guy — August 23, 2009 @ 11:01 am

  8. “Your Life, Your Choices” is a great brochure!

    No one wants someone else to make their health care decisions, and the best way to guarantee your wishes is with a Living Will. This brochure helps you write one.

    If you don’t read the entire brochure, read page 19. That page explains the point of the questions.

    Comment by Steve Kass — August 23, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  9. I just finished reading the booklet ‘Your Life Your Choices” and found it to be informative and not at all “scary. Personally I have a “Living Will” and considered most of the things noted in the booklet. Anyone who does not consider the points made in the book and does not developed a Living Will in plainly nuts.

    Comment by Bill Guentner — August 24, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

  10. Our brave men and women in uniform who have fought for our country should be given the best care America has to offer. We should see to it that they have the best quality of life whatever their circumstance may be. To invite them to die because they cannot contribute to the tax coffers is appalling. (And that is what this is all about) May we be reminded if it were not for the sacrifices of men and women like them, there would be no America. Let’s give them the honor, respect, and dignity, they deserve no matter the cost instead of directing them to death row.

    Comment by Jim Skinner — August 25, 2009 @ 8:47 am

  11. Don’t just read those two pages:

    Read the whole thing.

    Facts regarding this book include that the main author, Robert A. Pearlman, MD, had been with the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care since 2000. This book was set to be released in 2007 but was essentially pulled by the White House at that time (George W. Bush).

    The National Center for Ethics in Health Care was also established in 1991 under then President George H. W. Bush.

    Even though it was released it is currently being revised with a revised version set to be released this fall.

    Comment by Pat — August 26, 2009 @ 5:33 am


    Berlin, 1 September 1939

    Reichsleiter Bouhler and
    Dr. med. Brandt

    are instructed to broaden the powers of physicians designated by name, who will decide whether those who have – as far as can be humanly determined – incurable illnesses can, after the most careful evaluation, be granted a mercy death.

    /signed/ Adolf Hitler

    Comment by L Dog — August 26, 2009 @ 5:55 am

  13. I wondered what readers were reacting to, so I went to the VA website to download the booklet “Your Life – Your Choices”. It contains a great deal of information, but what I found most revealing was the questionaire/excersizes section. It does make you think about the problems of leaving it up to your family to interpret simple statements you might have once made about not wanting “to be kept alive by machines”, if God forbid, you become severely incapacited for a significant length of time.
    Yes, there might be a few questions that seem outrageous if read in isolation, but if one reads the whole booklet, I think most folks would find it useful. None of us want to put our families through the torture that Terry Schivo’s family suffered. And just a few thoughtful hours invested in thinking about (and writing it down – or even filling out a questionaire can spare someone you love alot of pain.
    Let’s face it, none of us wants to die, but we’re all going to, (

    Comment by Darrell Marley — August 26, 2009 @ 8:52 am

  14. Those assholes – this stuff makes me sick…

    Comment by Richmond — August 26, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

  15. I don’t get it. If you read the book, the very questions that are being criticized are the questions we all need to ask ourselves. I think the whole thing has been based on a political agenda for the ultra conservatives. We have such a fear of death in this country. It’s usually more about the loved ones feelings than the person who is dying. Personally, the book provides realistic questions and resources. I don’t see anything in it that provokes the reaction it has gotten. I realize some religious groups don’t believe in cremation or don’t believe in “pulling the plug.” I remember when my grandmother was dying and my mother, aunt & uncle decided it was time to take her off the respirator. She was dying of Wegner’s Disease, which in itself was a shock. Her kidney’s were failing. She was in a lot of pain. The disease is fatal at that point. Rather than prolonging her suffering, they decided it was probably better for her spirit to let her go. If they had this book, it would have made things easier for all the decisions they had to make.

    Comment by alicia — September 3, 2009 @ 12:53 am

  16. Well, for me.. if you fear of death then you also fear to live.. there is life after death and death after life; because LIFE itself is a cycle.. But i believe that LIFE is the most precious gift that God gave to us.. So we need to take care of it, and live our lives to the fullest.. May God bless us all..

    Comment by Christine B. Piedad — September 3, 2009 @ 4:34 am

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