THANK YOU, INDYANN for pointing us to the House Bill (HR 3200) and to Raymond Arroyo’s column. Now age 65 with an older sister and a 92 mother-in-law, the end of life issues are on my personal radar. (I’ve 24 years in actual radar operations as well, but that is another story :))
My second career was in accounting and auditing - keeping government honest (at least not making mistakes or finding them and correcting them) as best we can.
A key component of any well run financial organization is “separation of duties” to prevent abuse. No one person is allowed to control more than one phase of business operations. Separation of duties provide for reasonable checks and balances to reduce the risk of misuse of funds.
The proposed LEGAL requirement in HR 3200, pg 425, et seq, to counsel seniors every 5 years on end of life issues (6 times from age 65 to 90) sounds good on the surface, BUT, the counseling is coming from the SAME organization that pays for your medical care. The principle of separation of duties is being violated here.
If the government has to pay for your care, it is better for the government if it can talk you into accepting a cheaper care program. **Money becomes more valuable than life itself. **Government bureaucrats certainly don’t know that much about you and your family and your perosnal values. Senior bureaucrats usually see themselves **as the “expert” whose values are better than yours. **And junior government bureaucrats are required to go by rules and know not to advocate against their bosses wishes if they want to keep their jobs and get promoted.
Perhaps we all should re-read George Orwell’s “1984”.
And my 9th grade Sister was right in 1959 when she explained the dangers of euthansia. Of course, it NOT euthansia if you don’t call it that.
Time to write our Congressmen, Senators, and the President !