As I said over at Grim’s, I’m retiring from the Section 1233 field. I am apparently the only person on the face of the earth who is not a Leftist yet still thinks it’s a good idea for people to talk to their doctors about end of life issues and realizes many of the elderly may not be able to afford to do so.
There is now much rejoicing on the Right at signs that Congress may drop this provision from whatever version of health care reform is passed. If I believed in karma I would suspect that everyone currently celebrating would eventually end up in a situation where he is old and seriously ill and wants desperately to sit down with his family doctor for a half-hour to discuss his options but can’t afford to do so.
Ah, well, the burn patterns of political wildfires are always interesting to observe. If Section 1233 is dropped will that empower leading opponents of health care reform thereby giving them more standing among the everyday Americans who have rallied to the cause? Or will those everyday Americans who have been so adamantly opposed to health care reform for fear of the “euthanasia” provision content themselves with their perceived victory and lose their fervor?