Nurse Biffy replies. Freedom vs. Kiwicare. Robert Novak. Imaginary Republicans. Plus more.
BE NOT AFRAID
Re: Betsy McCaughey’s Recent Media Coverage of the End of Life Counseling Provisions:
Why are you so afraid of end of life plans and adherence to that
plan? As a nurse I feel this topic should be open for discussion
between a doctor and patient. This kind of dialogue is crucial
for when “the time comes” and it’s easier for all involved
(families, patient, and caregivers) if the patient’s wishes be
known and adhered to. Everyone has a choice to live (and die) how
they choose. I feel it is an injustice to leave these kinds of
decisions to an emotional family member at a critical moment when
they should be free of the guilt that comes with making an
emotional decision. I’ve personally seen much heartbreak and
sibling tension during these kinds of moments, all because nobody
wants to talk about death — it’s a part of life. I feel so bad
for a family that has to deal with this when nobody is thinking
clearly, and many choose any form to save a relative that is
truly dying, and leave our facility feeling as though they have
failed their loved one. I feel that hospice is truly a beautiful
organization that provides caring, counseling and a way to accept
the reality of death and comforts not only the family but the
person who is terminal — that is the most important thing. Many
are scared of the word hospice, I feel that information is the
key, and all should be educated of their choices and everybody’s
wishes should be honored. Thank you for taking the time to read
my point of view.
BEARING HIS FALSE WITNESS
Re: Peter Ferrara’s Catch Me If You Can:
Commuting home last night (Wednesday, Aug. 19), I heard an ABC News radio spot that reported that Obama had spoken, by telephone conference, with certain “religious” leaders today and asked them to help him get Obamacare — whatever that is — passed.
He’d asked they speak with their neighbors, anyone.
He’d said, according to ABC, that he was asking them to do so because there were people — read: those who disagree with him and have the audacity to say so, including at townhall meetings and through other means — who were spreading false information.
Obama’s hubris truly startles and alarms me. The prevaricator- and abortionist-in-chief, who apparently pathologically does believe that he alone speaks truth and owns nothing he’s said, asked religious leaders to spread his lies and misinformation. From churches and synagogues, too.
As many people have said or written, Obamamath does mean 2 + 2 =
5, or anything else you want it to mean, but never
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton , West Virginia
I hear the Obama Administration talk of getting a health bill
passed by compromise. Maybe the so-called public option can be
used as a bargaining chip to bring The Republicans to the table.
So what do the Republicans say? That Obama is not a U.S. citizen,
and has no right to be President, that his plans are socialist
and contain death panels, and that they hope the Obama Presidency
fails. I cannot think of a single nice thing that a Republican
congressmember has ever said about Obama or his plans. Not a one.
Can you? Where does Obama get the idea that Republicans want to
work with him? They clearly don’t want to.
— Jen Park
WE’RE ABOUT FREEDOM AND LIBERTY
Re: Warning: Low Battery, “Can’t Figure Us Out”:
Loretta, you ask why Americans are so violently and maliciously against providing care for those who can’t afford insurance. Alas, you have swallowed the spin of the left hook, line and sinker.
This has nothing to do with opposition to providing people health insurance or health care. Nothing. It is about power, pure and simple.
Let’s take the (purposely inflated) 47 million who supposedly don’t have health insurance. By the time you eliminate the illegal aliens, who shouldn’t be entitled to anything by taxpayers, those who are temporarily between jobs and those under 30 who would rather spend their money on things other than health insurance premiums, you are down to less than 15 million uninsured. These numbers have been public for some time and I am frankly surprised you haven’t seen them before. They are not in dispute.
So, for the sake of 5% of the population we are going to have a government takeover of all health care costs in America? Really? Does that make sense to you?
While you may have a private insurance/government partnership in New Zealand, a public option here will over time eliminate all private insurance in America. THAT’S what people are objecting to.