Do you deserve to die?

The Forgotten Question in the Health Care Debat

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Do you deserve to die?

Do your friends and family?

Michael Collins

Scenario 1: You've just been diagnosed with a cancer of the lymphatic system.  You're told that it requires a procedure within the next two weeks.  Unfortunately, you were laid off from your corporate job 11 months, 30 days ago.  You are on your last day of COBRA.  Your company retirement and savings are all gone.  You can't afford the $1,200 a month premium needed to continue your coverage.  Without the operation, you will die.  Do you deserve to die?

Scenario 2: Your spouse has a long history of illness.  Then you discover she has a virulent infection that, if untreated, threatens to disable her to the point where she's immobile and requires 'round the clock medical care.  You work for yourself.  While you have catastrophic health insurance, it doesn't cover the needed treatment nor does it provide for nursing care.  Does your wife deserve to experience this untreated sickness and suffering until her premature death?

A Challenging Hypothetical SCOTUS Scenario For The Right

Here's a hypothetical question for our "family values" friends among the GOP and "Christian" right:

An elderly, gay Latina nun is selected for SCOTUS, but would have to close the late-term abortion clinic she runs out of the ACLU back offices in Nebraska if she accepts; reports indicate that she actually doesn't mind the work at the heavily fortified clinic, saying that it "reminds her of home, when she was growing up as the love child of Che Guevara and Jane Fonda."  The clinic, funded by ACORN in partnership with Move-On and a grant from the Soros Foundation, has been in operation for fifteen years.

The question: Should she accept the nomination, or continue to operate the clinic?

Please answer in complete sentences in comments below.

Hat-tip to Hnglkjss and Peskydang of Delphi Forums.