Putting a price on prolonging a doomed life
Doctors, not health insurers, should decide how much can and should be done to extend the lives of the terminally ill.
By David Lazarus
September 1, 2011, 9:30 p.m.
Los Angles Times
This is a subject I certainly have mixed opinions about-
Caveat #1- I am sitting here ALIVE on my hospital bed, hooked to my oxygen machines and taking my meds. Without that, I did DIE in the winter of 2005. I made it all the way there- DEAD.
Without my oxygen machines and the one single medicine NOW, I will be DEAD within 2 weeks.
Yes indeed, my DEATH was EXPENSIVE for the medical profession to fix. I think I saw hospital bills totaling a quarter million dollars for saving my miserable ass. Never mind that a different hospital KILLED ME to begin with and THEN put me on the ambulance (who got paid $8500 to make the trip).
My story is detailed at http://familyrights.us/vpap/
Anybody who knows me, knows how badly I have HATED the medical profession all my life. And anybody who knows me, knows how badly I hate the government spending money foolishly.
SO WHAT ABOUT ME? Was my life worth saving? There are plenty of nasty lefties who definitely have me on their "DeathWish list".
Well, here's how I feel about that-
It was NOT my choice to be alive today. I was already dead. My RN mother made the choice that I should be resuscitated. So blame my mother. OK? I am guessing that during the time my brain was not being oxygenated, the entire "liberal lefty" part of my brain died- whatever little there was.
BUT as a result of my resuscitation, and the oxygen machines that don't actually cost much, AND the cheap ass LASIX water pills, I have a GOOD quality of life here on my hospital bed in front of my computer.
A life I spend dedicated to HELPING OTHERS.
For which I receive some gratitude from those I help, and LOTS of HATE from the Organized Crime Ring.
Every day I wake up alive is yet another opportunity to HELP someone. And yet another opportunity to EDUCATE the masses who have no clue how dangerous it is to be a parent in this culture NOW.
I have helped build an organization that will continue indefinitely upon my demise.
Upon my passing, I will not be eulogized. There will be no statues of me on the National Mall. My quotes will probably never become "quotable". I will never be hailed as a "Great American Patriot".
But I can go into the night confident that I have fulfilled the Mission God gave me to do.
At the end of the road, THAT'S WHAT MATTERS.
Leonard Henderson, co-founder
American Family Rights
"Until Every Child Comes Home"©
"The Voice of America's Families"©