Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Government Has Big Plans For Grandma

Seniors, for the first time since 1975, you are being told that you won’t be receiving an annual cost of living increase in your monthly Social Security benefits. At the same time, your Medicare premiums are going up. Not to worry though, your compassionate and caring government isn’t abandoning you. You may have less money to spend this next year, but on the other hand, you may not have to live on such meager funds for long because your government is going to help you plan on how long you need to continue living. Section 1233 of House Bill 3200 intends to help you make plans on the manner in which you should die. In the government’s eyes, that’s great news for you, and it’s great news for the government. If you’re dead, you won’t need to be concerned about not receiving an increase in your monthly benefits, and your government won’t have to spend any more money out of its already over-stretched budget. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Under this new law, doctors will be paid for having an advance care planning consultation with a patient. Are you frightened? Don’t worry. The consultation won’t be mandatory, at least not for now. That’s how Shadow Truth laws and cultures begin. Once instituted however, the door can easily be opened for mandatory implementation.

Who is it that must listen to these end-of-life consultations? The crippled? The sick? The terminally ill? No, your government will set up this program for the benefit of every person who becomes a certain age. That is the time when doctors will consult with you about the various end-of-life services that are available.

So imagine if you will, a healthy and athletic 70 year old who sees his doctor about a simple injury. Because of his age, his doctor will discuss the undeniable fact that he isn’t getting any younger; therefore it’s time for him to decide how he is going to pass on from this life to the next.

On the other end of the spectrum, imagine an 85 year old non-productive and non-athletic person who needs to have his hip replaced due to an accidental fall on an icy sidewalk. In this case, the doctor may tell him that his Universal Health coverage won’t pay for his needed surgery due to his advanced age, but it will be happy to provide plenty of pain pills. “By the way, the doctor will say, “it’s really time for us to discuss your end-of-life options.”

In many states, the end-of-life discussion will be focused on enlightenment regarding available services such as hospice, and the withholding of nutrients and hydration. However, for those citizens who live in the states of Oregon, Washington and Montana, receiving a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs will also be discussed.

Technically, under this new law, a patient will not be required to take part in that advance care planning consultation. If the patient refuses that consultation however, the physician may not be able to provide any other medical services. This would be due to the fact that the government would not be willing to pay for additional services to patients who refuse to participate in the end-of-life consultation.

One by one, states are changing their laws to fit in with the federal government’s plans for its senior citizens. Montana has followed the lead of Oregon and Washington, to permit physician-assisted suicide. In December, 2009, the Montana Supreme Court determined that withholding nutrients and hydration is not compassionate enough. Now, doctors can prescribe drugs for the purpose of ending a person’s life more quickly.

How did this happen? The utilization of step-by-step reasoning and logic led to this decision. The court determined that the prohibition of assisted suicide violates the right to privacy and the right to dignity guaranteed in the Montana constitution. The court determined that it is a fundamental right for people to die with dignity—meaning in the case at hand, to commit suicide by a drug overdose.

Following a flawed progression of logic, the court determined that in the absence of an overdose of drugs (a dignified method of suicide), a person is left with no choice but to end his life by gunshot or some otherwise unpleasant method that violates his dignity and peace of mind. Missing from the court’s reasoning was any discussion regarding the necessity of suicide in the first place.

A major contributing factor to Montana’s pro-suicide decision was a previous Montana decision regarding the legality of abortions. That previous ruling suggested that the Montana Constitution demands that people have for themselves the moral right and moral responsibility to confront the most fundamental questions of life in general, and answering to their own consciences and convictions.

Step by imperceptible step, society is leading us down a path we don’t want to travel on. Montana’s suicide law, and the U.S. Government’s law regarding end-of-life discussions are in the news today. What else, is going on that you haven’t heard about? If you only knew the news that conveniently doesn’t make it to the front page of your newspaper, you would be shocked and horrified. Read Shadow Truth: The Ultimate Deception by Larry J. Tate. In this book, you will get a bird’s eye perspective of the many seemingly unrelated events that are deviously intertwined into one common purpose. Go to http://www.shadowtruthbook.com/ and order your copy today. You'll be glad you did.

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