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dou•tha•na•sia (yutha-na’zha) n. The act or practice of killing brain cells through the reading of anything written by Ross Douthat. v. -nize, -nized. [Greek douthanasia, death by douchebag : douche + thanatos, death.]
Ross Douthat, apparently having been told by his editors that he couldn’t write every column about abortion, has decided to add another Catholic bogeyman to his repertoire of obsessions. Today Ross takes on euthanasia which, of course, isn’t much different in his mind from abortion except that no womb is involved.
[Y]ou don’t have to share Sarah Palin’s death panel fears to see perils lurking at the intersection of physician-assisted suicide and health care reform. … Consider the words of a prominent oncologist, bioethicist and health care wonk, critiquing assisted suicide in 1997, just before a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. “Once legalized,” this writer warned in the pages of The Atlantic, “euthanasia would become routine. Over time doctors would become comfortable giving injections to end life and Americans would become comfortable having euthanasia as an option.” From there, it would be an easy slide to euthanizing the incompetent.
Of course, it is completely understandable why Ross might have a somewhat personal concern about the fate of the incompetent. But why on earth isn’t Ross telling us who this prominent oncologist is? Does Ross have a trick up his sleeve here? You betcha.
[Those] words were actually written by Ezekiel Emanuel, a health-care advisor at the Office of Management and Budget, and the brother of Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff.
LOL!!!!! Liberals lose! Pwned!! Because Rahm Emanuel’s brother said that, liberals aren’t allowed to take any other position on euthanasia ever but must immediately prostrate themselves before the high altar of Ross and confess that the slippery slope is real. Well, actually, there is one slippery slope that is real, and it’s the poop-smeared chute that Douthat’s column is riding down into an enormous sinkhole filled with horse shit.
Our move toward physician-assisted suicide springs from the same quest for mastery over mortality that leads us to spend nearly twice as much on health care as any other developed nation. It sounds paradoxical to link the desire for unlimited medical treatment to the desire for physician-assisted suicide. But the idea that there’s a right to the most expensive health care while you want to be alive isn’t all that different, in a sense, from the idea that there’s a right to swiftly die once life doesn’t seem worth living.
Yes, Douthat did just say that a good reason for allowing uninsured people to die from untreated medical conditions is so that other people won’t die from physician-assisted suicide. Anyone who thought that Douthat couldn’t possibly be worse than Bill Kristol may apologize profusely now.