Sunday, January 02, 2011

Obamacare: End of Life Counseling Regulation Leads to Articles on Advance Directives

A quote from Wesley's article on First Things:

The article generally concerns the issue of advance directives. I explained to the reporter that I do not recommend “living wills” because they give power to a doctor you might not even know–such as a hospitalist who you have never met–to interpret the means and context of your desires expressed in the document, which sets your choices in stone even though your views might have shifted since signing. I do strongly support the durable power of attorney for health care because that approach allows you to pick your surrogate decision maker, who presumably, will be someone you trust and who knows your values. Some of the nuances of what I said didn’t make the story, I am sure due to space considerations. I also explained why the regulation is causing less uproar than the original legislative proposal.

Obamacare: End of Life Counseling Regulation Leads to Articles on Advance Directives » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

I am in total agreement with paragraph. I believe that NRLC's Will to Live tells us someplace in the directions that the LEAST AMOUNT put on any kind of Living Will is BEST.... and that the most important aspect is that in all things, work toward LIFE, until the active dying process has truly begun....

It is important for us to remember the words of JPII, Bishop Vasa, then Archbishop Burke (now Cardinal Burke) and others who stood against starvation/dehydration of anyone, at the time that the courts and an adulterous 'husband' were ordering her to be put to death, even though she was simply disabled, not dying, not brain-dead....

Lord, have Mercy!


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