Sunday, November 22, 2009

Would ObamaCare Have Pulled The Plug On This Man?

Patriot Room raises a well-placed concern about how US government-provided healthcare - necessarily concerned with the allocation of scarce medical resources - would handle this:

"A man thought by doctors to be in a vegetative state for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time, it was revealed last night.  Student Rom Houben was misdiagnosed after a car crash left him totally paralysed.

He had no way of letting experts, family or friends know he could hear every word they said.  'I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,' said Mr Houben, now 46.

Doctors used a range of coma tests, recognised worldwide, before reluctantly concluding that his consciousness was 'extinct'.  But three years ago, new hi-tech scans showed his brain was still functioning almost completely normally." 

I believe in the old adage: "Where there's life, there's hope."  But I get the impression that that will not be a governing principle of ObamaCare.

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