Canada reveals it has death panels, Slate says it’s a ‘good thing’ to ‘play God’
Readers won’t have to go far as the Slate article opens with the synopsis confirming the dreaded death panels in Canada, a concept which got Sarah Palin into a ton of hot water during the 2008 presidential election.
“Last week Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that doctors could not unilaterally ignore a Toronto family’s decision to keep their near-dead husband and father on life support. In the same breath, however, the court also confirmed that, under the laws of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, a group of government-appointed adjudicators could yet overrule the family’s choice. That tribunal, not the family or the doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug.”
Even if the reader cannot translate the opening paragraph, the new words say it all.
“In other words: Canada has death panels.”
The Supreme Court case in Canada reveals a frightening proposition for Americans, especially those opposed to socialized medicine: a board can overrule the wishes of the family.
The lawsuit details that “The HCCA sets out clear rules requiring consent before treatment can occur, identifying who can consent for an incapable patient, stating the criteria on which consent must be granted or refused, and creating a specialized body to settle disputes, including those between SDMs and physicians over consent regarding life support.” (Emphasis added, BBJ The Dispatch)
A body or panel can decide is life support will be given or procedures performed are warranted to extend that life.
A death panel.
The arguments from the Slate reveal the alleged perspective from Palin and her supporters: Some don’t hold every life as equal.
“When taxpayers provide only a finite number of acute care beds in public hospitals, a patient whose life has all but ended, but whose family insists on keeping her on life support, is occupying precious space that might otherwise house a patient whose best years are still ahead.”
You or your loved one needs to exit the hospital so someone with more “up side” to their life can get the treatment.
Because in Canada “…end-of-life disputes is generally reserved for judges. Ontario has simply replaced them with experts and wise community members. That’s a lead other jurisdictions should consider following when families’ emotions and doctors’ judgments collide.”
Notice that the judges have been replaced with smarter “experts and wise” members of the collective who are then empowered to overrule the family and the doctor….a death panel.
The Slate article closes with “Modern medicine increasingly allows us to extend life indefinitely, and so the question is no longer whether we can “play God,” but when, how, and who should do so. When humanity demands haste, and justice demands expert knowledge, Ontario’s death panels offer a solution—whatever Sarah Palin says.”
So to summarize, death panels are playing God.