Thursday, March 24

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Frank Laughter at "Common Sense Junction" pulls no punches in his assessment of the fundamental driver in Terri Schiavo's court-mandated death by dehydration and starvation.

Terri Schiavo is being killed because the money ran out and there’s no longer any prospect of getting a new source of revenue from her. The healthcare institutions that were caring for her must now rely on state-fed funding. That pays less than insurance and/or private funds.

In our own lives we believe that all’s well as long as we’re able to get a second opinion whenever a doctor gives us bad news. But people like Terri who can’t communicate their desires to a court, are killed by the medico-legal system that they thought was there to serve them.

You bet the legislatures and Congress need to get involved and they need to start with laws to remove the conflicted (they always lean to the money) healthcare “pros” and to remove untrained, inexperienced judges from the decision loop and install people trained in these life and death matters to evaluate, communicate and arbitrate with all family members.

Terri Schiavo is being killed because the money ran out. End of story.