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VA offers vets a last chance to die for America

I held off on this to see if it really was as bad as it sounded. It is, and all those who were running their mouths about what a great guy Shinseki was can go ahead and pour a steaming cup of STFU!

If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care......

"Your Life, Your Choices" presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."

The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to "shake the blues." 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."

When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?

One can only imagine a soldier surviving the war in Iraq and returning without all of his limbs only to encounter a veteran's health-care system that seems intent on his surrender.

This disgusting thing (document is at the link) has been around since the Clinton era, President Bush had the common decency to pull the plug on it. But the Obama team seems to think that since these old codgers can't take a bullet for the team any more there is no point having them hang around racking up costs that could be spent saving the earth from global warming.

With Obama on conference calls telling religious leaders that God wants them to help him shove socialized medicine up our collective asses, and Congress sending threatening letters to insurance companies asking for compensation info for some un-named investigation, does anyone else have that comforting "Big Brother is watching" feeling?

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