Healthcare should also work to grant patients a pain-free escape from suffering after the request is properly evaluated by trained professionals.

By Roy Speckhardt, April 02, 2012

As the recent media reports on the Supreme Court's examination of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known by some as ObamaCare), many Americans are contemplating the future of national healthcare policy. Now that our attention has been focused on this issue, it's important to discuss a controversial topic that usually gets swept under the rug in the conversation about healthcare.

While almost all of us agree that life is a beautiful experience full of wonder, struggle, love, and many more worthy experiences, we must also acknowledge that for some it may have become irreversibly painful and unwanted. For these people, the trauma associated with disease and the restrictive nature of age transforms continued living into a daily exercise of pain and humiliation. Our empathetic sense of compassion in such cases dictates that we allow for a release from such suffering.


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Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, assisted suicide, care, compassion, death, dignity, end of life, obamacare, speckhardt

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