Pulling the Plug/ Feeding tube; Make Living Wills Mandatory to
Receive Health Care
by Rob Kall
All this uproar over Terry Schiavo is taking place because she
never left a written statement declaring how she wanted to be dealt
with if this kind of condition arose. A simple way to deal deal with
this is to make a law that requires that for a person to receive
treatment for coma, a living will must be made.
The not so simple part of this is educating people about the
considerations involved and then getting everyone to make their
decision. It could be required with signing up for health insurance,
entering a nursing home, getting a driver's license. Young men must
register for the draft when they turn eighteen. Why not require that
all adults fill out a living will either when they turn 18, or if
they are already past 18, when they renew their driver's license,
health insurance or move to a new location.
Yes, it would be a bit of an inconvenience to read the options,
and more of a challenge to really think through what the options
mean. But currently it is an incredibly expensive situation, and
highly traumatic for surviving family members.
We know enough now to be aware of the trauma this failure to
leave a living will produces. We know the enormous expense involved
in maintaining people in vegetative states.
We know that even legislators who fought for Terry Schiavo have
allowed their own loved ones to die.
It would be wise for leaders in congress to pass national
legistlation that not only requires the leaving of a living will,
but also the creation of a task force to study and create an
educational program that enables the people who are required to sign
such a will to be properly educated.
The party that takes up this legislation will score points with
the majority of Americans.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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