Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

The short answer to the question “Who decides who lives and who dies?” is God.  But it turns out that the answer to the question is a little bit more complicated.

Human beings have inserted themselves into the decision-making process on this issue.  Witness the actions of concentration camp overseers in World War II or people today who choose to abort their babies.

Our involvement in making life and death decisions for ourselves appears to be completely appropriate whereas others making such decisions for us is alarming. 

For instance regarding our health, we can choose a healthy lifestyle which can give us a long and enjoyable life.  Eating a nutritious diet, being active, avoiding toxins, getting enough sleep, and other healthy habits are part of this choice.  Rightly, this is a choice that we make ourselves about our own health.  For more healthy lifestyle tips download our 10 Step Health Guide on this site.

Maintaining our own health appears to be more important than ever, given the formation of the Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research here in the U.S.  The U.S. Government through the health care bill passed in March, 2010 has gotten into the act of deciding who is to live and who is to die.

The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research was created and funded with 1.1 billion dollars as part of the stimulus bill.  The 15 members of this health “rationing” board were appointed by President Obama within 3 days of the stimulus bill passing. 

How do we know this is a rationing board?  The purpose of the board is to determine a ratio based upon dividing the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient will benefit from the treatment.  This will determine if you can or will be treated.  As the video above explains, doctors must consult this board and go by it’s decision regarding our care under threat of hefty fines and imprisonment.  To be clear, regardless of whether doctors follow the instructions regarding a particular patient or not, they can still be penalized simply for not consulting the rationing system.

For our own good, it has become more important than ever to focus on staying well so that we never end up in a situation where someone else decides whether we live or die.

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