Monday, December 7, 2009

The value of a life

This is the kind of attitude that informs the health care bills.  The health adviser to the President says:

 

According to Emanuel, “The death of a 20-year-old woman is intuitively worse than that of a two-month-old girl.” I doubt the parents of the two-month-old agree.

In what world is that intuitive?

And, if you are a child with disabilities, the government has already completely given up on you. Emanuel believes“services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.” What’s worse, since he does not believe in “guaranteeing neuropsychological services to ensure children with learning disabilities can read and learn to reason,” once the public option puts the private sector out of business, these types of life-changing services for children will no longer exist.

It wasn’t that long ago that how we care for our sick was a rallying cry.