Recent events have brought the debate on so-called "death with dignity" and assisted suicide into the spotlight again. And yet, the argument is not really a new one. No less a light than William Shakespeare extensively dealt with the subject in his writing.
"Death with dignity" is essentially a code word for suicide, sometimes in the face of a terminal illness. As one humanist put it, he wants to kill himself on his own terms rather than die from some disease. He said it would be like telling God, "You can't fire me---I quit."
In the Netherlands, they accepted the basic concept of doctor-assisted suicide ("death with dignity") many years ago. But they have now reached the point where the level of involuntary deaths has exceeded the number of voluntary deaths. more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a press conference Wednesday to address the second confirmed case of Ebola in the United States. Amber Vinson, the second nurse to contract the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas while caring for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, will be transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Sylvia Matthews Burwell, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, recognized the service of the nurses who have contracted the Ebola virus while caring for Duncan who died on Oct. 8, 11 days after he was admitted into an isolation unit at the hospital.
"Patients being treated at Texas Presbyterian Hospital will be transported to Emory's specialized unit sometime later today. We are redoubling our efforts and continuing to communicate," Burwell said. "We need to stop this epidemic at its source in West Africa." more >>
The United States Supreme Court has issued an order allowing 13 abortion clinics in Texas to stay open, superseding a state law that requires the closure of clinics that fail to meet basic health and safety standards.
In a six to three decision, the order was given Tuesday as a lawsuit against the state's abortion clinic regulations continues to go through the legal system.
Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented from the five-sentence order, reported Adam Liptak of the New York Times. more >>
A day before she was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, Amber Vinson, 26, the second Dallas healthcare worker now quarantined with the disease, took Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas, and now all 132 passengers who were on that flight with her are being asked to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"At approximately 1 a.m. MT on Oct. 15, Frontier was notified by the CDC that a customer traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 has since tested positive for the Ebola virus," began a statement from Frontier Airlines, released by the CDC.
"The flight landed in Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:16 p.m. local and remained overnight at the airport having completed its flying for the day at which point the aircraft received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures, which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day. It was also cleaned again in Cleveland last night. Previously the customer had traveled from Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on Oct. 10," the statement continued. more >>
Where is President Barack Obama when you need him in a crisis? Pretty absent from the stage, unless he's pointing fingers (at Republicans), disavowing knowledge of "situations" such as Obamacare's website woes, the IRS scandal, and the horror show at Veterans Affairs -- or simply refusing to take responsibility by retreating from the world.
And amid the current Ebola crisis, the incumbent-in-chief is off fundraising, deftly avoiding the people he's supposed to be serving and protecting.
Last week, Liberian Thomas Duncan died from Ebola in Dallas at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. A nurse, who treated Duncan, now has Ebola. The Dallas hospital has shown Americans and the world how woefully unprepared the United States is to fight Ebola. What does President Barack Obama do? Demonstrate his audacity of incompetence and dereliction of duty to protect the American people by flying to Hollywood for his 53rd fundraiser of the year. more >>
Buried inside of the 20,000 pages of the Obamacare monstrosity are a few paragraphs that could create a multi-billion dollar industry in the American healthcare sector. Known as "biosimilars," the law allowed for the production of complex drugs which are medically equivalent versions of biologics (drugs derived from living organisms), and can treat deadly diseases ranging from Alzheimer's, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Not only can biosimilars save lives, the competition they create for a heavily regulated and patented marketplace can help patients by lowering the price of their prescriptions by up to 40 percent. The average annual cost of biologic drugs is roughly $35,000, so any savings can often make the difference between life and death. That is why the creation of approval process for biosimilars may be the only part of Obamacare that enjoys bipartisan support.
However, as Obamacare's burdensome mandates are already making your insurance premiums skyrocket and the IRS is ready to issue fines for not having coverage, any plans to save patients' money is an important development. But, ironically, it's President Barack Obama's own federal bureaucrats who may be standing in the way. more >>