** First - A sidenote - this hoopla about the "Death Book" is being stoked by Jim Towney who has his OWN book that he wants the VA to purchase & use instead of "Your Life,Your Choices! Shoud we say "Conflict of Interest" here **
Actually, that is something that everyone SHOULD be thinking about.
What the disabled people whom I know (*typically stroke-victims and other acquired brain injury victims, because my daughter has the same condition, so those are the types that we meet) DO worry about are exactly those tough questions on line 21. I have a friend who had a stroke at age 52 & now his mother changes his diapers - his fecal incontinence makes him afraid to have any company. His mother is in her 70s and he has decided that no extraordinary measures are to be taken if he worsens - he is willing to starve to death before he becomes such a great burden and he does not want to be put into an assisted living home. He is a proponent of assisted suicide, as is my friend from childhood who is a postpolio survivor (she is in a wheelchair).
IMO, their outlook on this is not because they feel less than human, but rather, they know the true pain and agony and hopelessness of illness, and they accept the old adage that "sometimes death comes as a friend".
I read page 21, and it isn't bad at all.
IMO, the "right wingers" are supporting some very naughty scare-tactics and those who are the most worried should do themselves a favor & consider other views:
I have never even heard of this Jim Towney guy.
Bottom line for me, I do NOT want the flipping government in my business, my medical business. Period.
When the govt making a darn "coding error" and sends out a letter to tell 1200 people they are going to croak, that is just unacceptable to me.