Killing Them Softly

KILLING THEM SOFTLY….Mark Kleiman writes today about Terri Schiavo and the “Texas Futile Care Law.” Apparently George Bush and other Texas Republicans think that pulling the plug on hopeless patients is perfectly OK as long as money is the issue and no one on the Christian right is protesting.

So, despite a couple of complaints from conservative friends, I’m going to stick with “nauseating” on this one. Unless someone can come up with a better word, that it.

UPDATE: Matt Yglesias comments:

It seems worth noting at this point that the overwhelming majority of the Republican caucus voted last week to cut Medicaid benefits. Like the cowards that they are, no specific cuts were on the table, rather they wanted to force Governors to undertake unspecified cuts. We do know, however, what Medicaid spends the bulk of its money on ? long-term care for ailing elderly and disabled people ? so we know what would have been cut.

Barbara O’Brien puts it more bluntly:

We need a list of politicians and commentators, including bloggers, who have been calling for cuts in Medicaid but who now have joined in the “save Terri Schiavo” cult. These people need to be challenged to take her off Medicaid and pay for her maintenance themselves. If you know of any such people, please add their names to the comments.

The righties are going to say, it’s not about money, it’s about principle. But the principle is that there are people right now who are not receiving health care that they need because they can’t afford it, and their lives may be shortened as a result. But there is plenty of taxpayer money to keep Terri Schiavo alive, even though she has no hope of ever being conscious.

Why? Because she’s politically useful, that’s why. That’s your “principle.”

“Nauseating” is still the frontrunner here….

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