June 3, 2011

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Dr Kevorkian is in the news again

In May and April of this year, some Democratic opponents of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) characterized him the “Dr. Kevorkian of Medicare.” Even some of his Republican supporters were a little queasy after one of his strongest supporters, from a solid Republican distract (Jane Corwin, R-NY) was defeated by an upstart Democrat, Kathy Hochul – even though Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor flew in to support him. Hochul had made a big issue of Corwin’s support for the Ryan Medicare proposal.

And speaking of Kervorkian, the real Jack Kevorkian, a retired pathologist who captured the world’s attention when he allegedly helped more than 130 people commit suicide, died at age 83 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 3, 2011. Nicknamed “Dr. Death,” Kevorkian catapulted into the public consciousness in 1990 when he used his homemade “suicide machine” in his rusted Volkswagen van to inject lethal drugs into an Alzheimer’s patient who’d sought his help in dying. Kevorkian likened himself to Martin Luther King and Gandhi, while calling his prosecutors Nazis and his critics religious fanatics. He burned state orders against him, showed up at court in costume, called doctors who didn’t support him “hypocritic oafs,” and challenged authorities to either stop him or make his actions legal. He went to jail but was released early for humanitarian reasons. He died after more than a month in the hospital–and he did not choose physician-assisted suicide.

Most likely Ryan, the “Dr. Kevorkian of Medicare” will not choose to die on his issue either. Certainly, his Republican counterparts are unlikely to do so.

3 thoughts on “Dr Kevorkian is in the news again”

  1. Jo says:

    what possible excuse can this nation offer for refusing to care of its ageing and debilitated citizens? How can we afford to let millionaires go tax-free while taking the money people put into a program like Medicare, and spending it — and THEN telling the people that we cannot afford to ‘subsudize’ them any more?

  2. Marcia says:

    America can afford Medicare. Stop spending $ on useless wars that only lead to dead soldiers and their fractured families. Lets make decisions about our future that include less warlike behavior.

  3. Pat says:

    It is all well and good to criticize REp Ryan, but what do the Democrats propose as a way to cut the costs of Medicare?

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