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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

To Die or Not to Die

Wrapped up in debate the question of ending ones life by physician assisted suicide failed to muster enough votes to pass the Vermont House today. For the last few weeks Vermont Legislators were bombarded with phone calls, letters and emails on whether or not to support the bill. Proponents of the legislation were looking to join Oregon and give citizens “the right to die,” while opponents questioned the morality of physician assisted suicide.

Coming for my own sense of purpose, I respect life to the fullest and that is why I enjoy each day to its maximum capacity, I am a vegetarian, I am against the death penalty and I am against all forms of war. I am against any form of killing that is unnecessary but when it comes to a person choosing to take their own life when life becomes unbearable due to some life-debilitating disease, I favor giving an individual the right to choose. Debate had become quite passionate over the last few weeks; however I feel that it has taken away from the overall problems facing society.

While proponents and opponents of this issue spark a fiery debate lost within their words is the verdict of our health care system. I do not think we should be having debates on “the right to die or the right to life” if the basic services to keep the “pursuit of happiness” alive does not exist. Unfortunately, a health care system that treats patients as mere numbers on a ledger sheet is seriously flawed. A profit margin over people is not right and lost in the “managed” care of HMOs and corporate run hospitals is the human capability of compassion.

Fixes to the financial pressures of medical procedures need to be taken off the burdens of the citizenry, quality institutions need to be expanded and there needs to be further support for health and human services in a hope to create a greater quality of life. So while fundamental flaws in the health care profession go unfixed there is a greater gulf between those of different ideologues in the debate on life. The country has been broken and its resolves need more than just the right to die or to stop assisted suicides. A health care system is broken and America is at war around the globe, most people choose not to die so let’s stop it before it gets to that point.

Robb Kidd

“A transfer of money should never be involved in this profound situation. Although illness is profound, too, but medicine's a business today. It's a business.” Jack Kevorkian


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