One of the things that makes Andrew Sullivan most frustrating as a writer is when he writes stuff like this:

If everyone aged 40 or over simply made sure we appointed someone to be our power-of-attorney and instructed that person not to prolong our lives by extraordinary measures if we lost consciousness in a long, fatal illness or simply old age, then we’d immediately make a dent in some way on future healthcare costs. A remarkable proportion of healthcare costs go to the very last days or hours of our lives…

Of course, this would be entirely voluntary – and not even nudged (although, frankly, I see no reason why the government shouldn’t nudge you to make arrangements ahead of time given that others will be forced to pay the costs). “Death panels!” Christianists would scream, revealing exactly how un-Christian they are. Christians, of all people, it seems to me, have nothing to fear from death, and a great deal to gain from giving a few of their own unconscious final days to make it feasible for others to have a few more conscious and healthy ones.

How about an easily reached website that makes such a legal process easier to accomplish?

This is so ahistorical, about events so recent, it makes me want to pull out my hair. The very first graf of the Wikipedia article:

Death panel” is a political term coined by former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in August 2009 on her Facebook page. She said that the health care legislation then being debated in the House of Representatives would require Americans such as her parents or her child with Down syndrome, “to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.”[1] The trigger for the “death panel” claim was a provision in the House of Representatives Bill 3200 (2009) that would have reimbursed physicians for counseling Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives and other end-of-life issues.

Bolded, underline, and italics mine to make the point really loud and really clear. What Andrew is talking about above is not merely “something that right-wingers would call death panels if someone suggested it.” It is exactly the thing that was originally in the bill and was referred to as death panels! It wasn’t even the “nudge” he mentions, just making it something Medicare would pay for. Yet Andrew can’t possibly find a moment to remember that or look that up, and perhaps commend those who tried to push for such a thing. It’s frustrating.

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