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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 03:31 AM
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15. This and more on Schiavo case is Digby's at his blog, Hullaballo
Edited on Mon Mar-21-05 03:35 AM by Nothing Without Hope
In my opinion, Digby's entry on the Schiavo case is the best, clearest, most to the point. He lists the very obvious conflicts between what the Repubs are claiming and what their own actions have shown them to support, including the point you mention but also many more. He points out how this is really back to framing issues, with the Repubs and the corporate media screaming about saving lives, demonizing the husband and ignoring the rule of law, including the laws they themselves have pushed through:

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2005_03_20_digbysblog_ar...

EXCERPT:
The Days Of Our Lives

Tom DeLay of Texas says (link = http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-nyhen20418257... ):

"Mrs. Schiavo's life is not slipping away - it is being violently wrenched from her body in an act of medical terrorism," DeLay said. "Mr. Schiavo's attorney's characterization of the premeditated starvation and dehydration of a helpless woman as 'her dying process' is as disturbing as it is unacceptable. What is happening to her is not compassion - it is homicide. She doesn't need to die, and as long as Terri Schiavo can breathe and her supporters can pray, we will not rest."


By now most people who read liberal blogs are aware (link = http://www.markarkleiman.com/archives/_/2005/03/schiavo... ) that George W. Bush signed a law in Texas that expressly gave hospitals the right to remove life support if the patient could not pay and there was no hope of revival, regardless of the patient's family's wishes. It is called the Texas Futile Care Law. Under this law, a baby was removed from life support against his mother's wishes in Texas just this week. A 68 year old man was given a temporary reprieve by the Texas courts just yesterday.

Those of us who read liberal blogs are also aware that Republicans have voted en masse to pull the plug (no pun intended) on medicaid funding that pays for the kind of care that someone like Terry Schiavo and many others who are not so severely brain damaged need all across this country.

Those of us who read liberal blogs also understand that that the tort reform that is being contemplated by the Republican congress would preclude malpractice claims like that which has paid for Terry Schiavo's care thus far.


(SNIP - much more at the blog. No one has summed it up better.)

Edited to add two of Digby's links in the article - there are more for later sections of the piece.
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