Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Death Panels" and other Health Reform Myths

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about things like "death panels" and euthanasia in the health reform bill. While I do not fully support this bill, I do think that things like this are ridiculous. Whether or not you believe them, I want to be the first to explain them to you in hopes that when you later hear them, you will not believe them.

Let's start with a big one. Death panels. The idea is that there is a part of the health reform bill that says that any person has to come before a panel who will judge them on whether or not to receive health care. In some instances, people say that can force euthanasia on someone who they believe is unfit for society. Sarah Palin has said, "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." Of course this system would be downright evil and for that reason it does not exist. There is nothing on the health reform bill that even comes close to something like that. It does make a great plot for a science fiction novel, but other than that it's garbage.

Another big issue is the supposed forced euthanasia to person past of age of 75. This is not true at all, but the myth got it's roots from facts in the health reform bill. The bill says that persons above the age of 75 have the choice to consult with a medical professional and receive euthanasia. This is a big difference from saying someone over the age of 75 who has been deemed unfit must die. That is a complete myth and is almost as ridiculous as the death panels. There are probably more myths that I'm missing from this post, but instead I will included the link to www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck This site includes videos that debunk the health care myths and show what the bill really says. I encourage you o visit it if you have anymore health care questions.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Abortion Debate

Alright, this is kind of a current issue, but it's more of an ongoing debate. The abortion debate is a huge issue in America, and is constantly being fought for. Right now, America is more pro-choice than pro-life because abortion is legal in the US up until the 20th week. During this post, I'm going to attempt to explain to you why the abortion should continue to be legal and most likely in the future will.

Many people use as a defense that your causing the fetus harm and pain. Well first off, the fetus can't feel pain until the 25th week of pregnancy at the earliest and abortion is only legal before then. So therefore in any legal abortion the fetus will not feel pain nor will it suffer in any way.

Another case I'd like to point out is how often people talk about how the Bible says that abortion is wrong, however there really is no specific bible verse that says that abortion is wrong. People usually just twist verses around and say "They're God's miracles!" Even if there were a verse, one of the great things about America was that we were founded on the basis of separation of Church and state. So really the whole point about how it's sacrilegious really doesn't apply to the law because of that separation.

One last issue is that people are always saying that they're killing "children". This is incorrect. They are aborting fetuses which is a big difference from killing children. These fetuses have the potential for life, but are not really alive or really people yet in my opinion. People always say that you abort because of your own selfish reasons, but lots of times it's for the child's welfare. They may not be able to support a child, and therefore don't want to have one that would be neglected.

I'm sure there are other points that I am missing in this post, and I'm sorry for that. But I hope that those points will me made up in comments which are always appreciated. I also hope that this post has told you something new about abortion, positive or negative, or if nothing else made you eager to debate against it if you wish.