So instead, the wife of Ohio’s junior Senator uses the pages of the Plain Dealer to write glowingly about meaningless fluff from the Obama Administration to pander to the homosexual lobby:
Only four days after Peter Taylor had moved in with the man he loved, he was racing him to the closest emergency room.
The following morning, his partner lay in a hospital bed and delivered the jarring news.
“I’m HIV-positive,” he told Peter. “This is an opportunity for you to leave.”
“Why would I do that?” Peter replied. “I’m here. I’m in love with you. And I’m staying.”
Thus began the nine months they had left. They exchanged rings and planned a trip to Canada to marry, but they never made it. Sam was never healthy enough to go. (Peter asked that I give his partner a pseudonym to protect his parents’ privacy.) Sam’s disease soon exploded into full-blown AIDS, and he spent weeks at a time in Lakewood Hospital, and then University Hospitals, neither of which ever challenged Peter’s primary role in Sam’s life.[...]
Even if a couple lives near a hospital that recognizes their rights as partners, fear looms. One never knows when illness may strike. Every out-of-town visit to family, every vacation, every road trip, they worry whether their documents — and their very relationship — will be honored if one of them is rushed to a hospital. Anyone who has ever had a loved one hospitalized knows the crucial role a family advocate can play.[...]
Last week, President Barack Obama finally issued an order that forces most hospitals to respect the rights of gay and lesbian partners. In essence, he told them to treat these couples like any heterosexual patient with a significant other and the necessary advance directives, such as durable powers of attorney and health care proxies. As usual, what’s good for gay and lesbian Americans is good for the rest of us, too, as the change in policy also stands to help single and widowed straight people who need the “support and comfort of a good friend.”
“For all of these Americans,” the president wrote, “the failure to have their wishes respected concerning who may visit them or make medical decisions on their behalf has real consequences. It means that doctors and nurses do not always have the best information about patients’ medications and medical histories and that friends and certain family members are unable to serve as intermediaries to help communicate patients’ needs. . . . And it means that all too often, people are made to suffer or even to pass away alone, denied the comfort of companionship in their final moments while a loved one is left worrying and pacing down the hall.”
It’s sad to think we needed a presidential order to force more hospitals to do the right thing for Americans who want to do exactly what we encourage and celebrate in committed couples.
Horrible stuff right? But inconvenient for the Schultzer is that ALMOST NO HOSPITAL HAVE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON VISITORS AT ALL.
Individuals can confer a health care proxy and power of attorney to anyone.
President Obama’s memo accomplishes nothing for visitation rights. Instead, it is another example of the Federal government taking over every tiny detail of healthcare and a subtle attempt to promote the homosexual lifestyle while still maintaining the President’s carefully poll tested opposition to homosexual marriage.
And to push that message, the wife of a United States Senator just shamelessly used the corpse of an AIDS victim as a prop.