Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin Dishonest About “Death Panel” ScareBy
I am reminded of a quote attributed to Frederick Douglass:
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
This nation is headed for rougher days ahead, I fear, if those who claim to be God-fearing, virtuous, and righteous use scare tactics to win political battles.
Back on April 16, 2008, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had no problems with doctors and patients discussing end-of-life-decisions before the patient was unable to speak for themself. Palin even signed a proclamation to that effect. The proclamation reads as follows [empahsis added]:
WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. WHEREAS, in Alaska, Alaska Statute 13.52 provides the specifics of the advance directives law and offers a model form for patient use.
WHEREAS, it is estimated that only about 20 percent of people in Alaska have executed an advance directive. Moreover, it is estimated that less than 50 percent of severely or terminally ill patients have an advance directive.
WHEREAS, it is likely that a significant reason for these low percentages is that there is both a lack of knowledge and considerable confusion in the public about Advance Directives.
WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives, as well as to encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with advance directives.
WHEREAS, the Foundation for End of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and executing advance directives.
WHEREAS, as a result of April 16, 2008, being recognized as Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, more citizens will have conversations about their healthcare decisions; more citizens will execute advance directives to make their wishes known; and fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2008, as:
Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
Dated: April 16, 2008
Major Goals of the Proclamation
- Raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions related to end of life care
- Encourage the specific use of advance directives by severely or terminally ill patients
- Encourage health care professionals and institutions to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives
- Encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts
- To improve public knowledge about healthcare options and executing advance directives
- To have fewer families and healthcare providers struggle to make difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.
- Did Sarah Palin forget that she signed this proclamation barely 16 months ago?
- Did Rush Limbaugh, or his staff, fail to research her background on this issue before Rush Limbaugh wholeheartedly endorsed her?
- Is Sarah Palin adding considerable confusion to the discussion about healthcare choices in contradiction of her own proclamation?
- Is this just another example of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin being against anything President Barack Obama is for?
- Doesn’t the American public deserve better from both these “leaders”?
Questions to Ponder
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