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Your Opinion: Follow-up on "palliative care'

Your Opinion: Follow-up on "palliative care'

October 25th, 2013 by Harold H. Horstmann, Lohman in News

Dear Editor:

I'm writing this letter as a follow-up to my letter published Oct. 13 titled ""Palliative care' study foreshadows death panels"

I was surprised (and pleased) to receive a phone call from Dr. Elizabeth D. Wickham, Ph.D., who said she found my letter on the Internet. She was in the process of preparing for a conference presentation on palliative care in Chicago and thought I could help her with some information. Little did she know that I know nothing more than what I wrote in my letter about palliative care but believe me, I learned a lot from her in that phone call.

I would like to refer to the website where Dr. Wickham's article "Today's "palliative care' disrespects the natural law" can be read. She confirms in the paragraph "The "third path' in health care "reform'" the fact that it is a goal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to provide major support for the palliative care movement.

It's unbelievable to me how a movement and even an organization (The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)) can be in existence for years to essentially promote the euthanization of humans and not be front and center on the public stage.

Even though I do not support abortion, I can understand the motivation by women to support it. I can't for the life of me understand where the motivation is for the proponents of palliative care except from the cost perspective for the federal government.

Of course a person should be able to determine in their health care declaration their decisions regarding their end-of-life care. What right does any bureaucrat, doctor or anyone else have to override those wishes unless there is absolutely no family or anyone legally or financially responsible in existence to be involved in any end-of-life decision? Just think how easy it would be for a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., to decide when a life should end. It probably wouldn't be much different than killing someone on a video game.

This should be the last straw. At what point does the American people stand up for their rights and say enough? I guess I should expect that now since our rights to Liberty and pursuit of happiness are being systematically eliminated that our right to life would be the next right subjected to bureaucratic regulation and subsequently eliminated.

God help us!