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Killing Them Softly?

Ali Bertarian Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 2:11 PM
You missed one of the author’s salient points. Connor quoted a pediatric nurse who stated “The parents feel coerced, at a very traumatic time, into agreeing that this is correct for their child whom they are told by doctors has only has a few days to live. It is very difficult to predict death. I have seen a 'reasonable' number of children recover after being taken off the pathway.” Connor also wrote, “Is it a way to save money and maximize human resources? If so, then promulgate it as ‘best practices’ and pat yourselves on the back for saving the Queen's treasury a few pennies.” Further, Connor wrote, “Nearly half of all patients placed on the pathway are never informed that life support is being withdrawn until it is too late.”
LonfromPen Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 4:18 PM
I would be impressed if that was his actual point, but I doubt it. Do you really think he is advocating letting parents to choose euthanasia if they think that is best for a dying child? I find that unlikely. My impression is that his problem is with anyone making the choice he doesn't want them to make. But if he has a system for maximizing the ability of parents to make these calls I would be all for it.

Oddly he does not seem bothered by the current system in which insurance companies play the role that government panels play in Britain.

Ali Bertarian Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 2:11 PM
Here is Connor’s point: Let parents and patients decide when it is time to die, not government death panels.

During the months leading up to the passage of Obamacare, Sarah Palin was mocked and excoriated for her use of the term "death panels" to describe the comparative effectiveness approach embraced by architects of the legislation. Granted, the phrase sounds a bit hyperbolic, and downright macabre. Who could possibly be in favor of faceless bureaucrats making life and death decisions for the sick and dying? Mrs. Palin was just appealing to the fear and ignorance of America's Bible-thumping, gun-clinging know-nothings in flyover country. Right? A majority of the world's nations employ some kind of single-payer, government-run health care system, and they...