First, go read Ambulance Driver telling about a doctor, and a nurse, and what they taught him about being mortal, and human.
Then go read the story at New Life Changes that AD links to, about something that must be fought, tooth and nail, all our lives, and then gently, graciously, allowed to pass when the time comes.
Then come back here. I’ll wait.
Back now? Eyes dry? Sniffles over? Nose blown? Good.
Now I’m going to be cold and cruel, and ask you the hard questions:
Do you honestly believe, at all, that this kind of medicine will survive even a single generation of government run health care?
Do you understand that this level of humanity is simply out of the reach of a civil service clerk, checking off DRGs?
Do you understand that if Obama gets his way, these people — you, sooner or later — would be nothing but a burden on the system?
Do you understand that it won’t just be medicine, but our entire culture, that will get its life support pulled when it becomes too inconvenient, too expensive, too messy?
Do you understand, now, what dies?
[update: Changed link to AD's new address.]