Friday, October 2, 2009

Alan Grayson's comments and the real "Die Quickly" Plan

Recently, Alan Grayson (D-FL) said on the floor of the House of Representatives that the Republican health care plan is to not get sick, and if you do, to die quickly. He also apologized "to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America." Story here.

What's deeply ironic is that if one judges by our allies' care, he's exactly described government health care's plan, not that of any Republicans. From a report in the Daily Telgraph, "Sentenced to death on the NHS":
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.

Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warn.

As a result the scheme is causing a “national crisis” in patient care, the letter states. It has been signed palliative care experts including Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, Dr Peter Hargreaves, a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, and four others.

“Forecasting death is an inexact science,”they say. Patients are being diagnosed as being close to death “without regard to the fact that the diagnosis could be wrong.

“As a result a national wave of discontent is building up, as family and friends witness the denial of fluids and food to patients."

The warning comes just a week after a report by the Patients Association estimated that up to one million patients had received poor or cruel care on the NHS.
We need a real health care solution, not a copy of failing systems, and not alarmist rhetoric that is precisely the opposite of the truth.

Whether or not it's your issue, liberal policies help abort about 100,000 babies a month in the US. Now that's a holocaust.

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