Euthanasia: Making the Decision - American Humane

like Erich Fromm, Wilhelm Reich and Herbert Marcuse were influential in transforming our society, from the university, to the students, to the culture at large. Their writings were widely read, assimilated and had tremendous impact on American culture. And part of those changes is the transformation of traditional male and female roles. Our culture no longer reinforces the traditional type of hero who demonstrates strong, "macho" decisiveness. The culture encourages "consensus" as a means of finding a solution, rather than an individual affirming his idea of what is absolutely "right" and what is absolutely "wrong."

How to answer: How will you handle euthanasia

Euthanasia is the wrong and sinful decision, because healing can be ahead.

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What happens when the resident spends enough of their private funds or insurance benefits to qualify for Medicaid? Well, Medicaid takes over. However, Medicaid payment rates are usually low, so the nursing homes rely on revenue from private paying residents and any other sources to cover costs. In other words, a resident who moves from "private pay" status to "Medicaid pay" status can change from a "revenue-positive" resident to a "revenue negative" resident. Are "revenue-negative" residents the most "desirable" type from the financial perspective? Clearly not. And with states facing:

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But the elderly do not have the same protections as children, and the elderly often do not have regular contact with their families. They can be exploited from many sides: adult children, other relatives, court-appointed guardians, health care professionals with an agenda, owners of facilities who care more about filling beds than appropriate placements, even adult protective service representatives who have an agenda. Surprising? But true. Sometimes the agency designated to protect the elderly can harm the elderly, ripping them from a loving family member who is properly caring for them and providing all they need. If hospice is brought in when the patient is not terminal, sometimes hospice care itself is the cause of death. We know that many hospice professionals will strongly object to that, but it is the truth in some hospice locations. Undeniable.


For many, however, grief can begin much earlier.

The Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius, is the one who will manage the creation of many details of the health care reform law. Perhaps this is what was really meant when former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, "we have to pass the law so you can find out what's in the law!" So, to understand the law, we need to look at more than the language of the law. We need to look at the people who wrote the law, the people who are behind it and in powerful leadership positions in the Department of Health & Human Services, and the stakeholders that mold national policy proposals and their implementation.

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At those "Hospices of the so-and-so Region" that are providing good care, it won't be this way. but the trend is there. Hospice, as the industry, has been taken over by the right-to-die ("kill") crowd, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization is the successor organization to the former Euthanasia Society of America. They hospice, at least that's what they would have us believe. More accurately, they represent most of the hospice corporations in the country. The public doesn't know that and they don't know the connection between euthanasia and the NHPCO. Hospice won't broadcast that. No, that would be bad marketing!

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What the public doesn't realize is that the DNR, the Advance Directive, the Living Will, and now the P.O.L.S.T. form all were promoted originally by the successor organizations of the Euthanasia Society of America such as Society for the Right to Die and Choice in Dying. And the courts have gone right along in allowing a shift in the ethics guiding American law from sanctity of life to a secular quality of life ethic. The P.O.L.S.T. form spreading around the country came from Oregon, right after people there managed to get assisted-suicide legalized in that state. It's the "next step" for all of us.

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Clearly, attorneys and physicians wield tremendous power in our society and their actions can dramatically change the lives of those they serve. So, they have a tremendous duty to act in accordance with the established standards for practice and to act in the public's best interest.