Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama orders hospitals to allow gay visitors

According to CNSNews:
In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners.
If a patient in the hospital is allowed to have visitors, and the patient requests that his or her best friend be allowed to visit, it is no business of some hospital administrator to deny that request. In fact, I have serious doubts that any hospital in America today would actually deny such a request. I suspect that Obama's proclamation is a bunch of hoopla over nothing except to appease his gay supporters.

My concern, however, is this: Where does the Constitution give the federal government the authority to regulate visitors to a private hospital? The answer is it doesn't. The government continues to usurp authority it does not legitimately have and America is rapidly becoming less and less free.

We will accept this government expansion, however, because no one wants to tell Suzie on her death bed that her best friend Sally can't visit her!

3 comments:

Kevin said...

Very good point.

Phil said...

I would like to add something that I have witnessed that comes simply out of vindictiveness.

Now, I want to emphasize that this was NOT a homosexual relationship but something between two VERY good friends.

Several years back, when I was deployed, a very good friend of mine ended up in a hospital because of a house fire. Here is a brief background:

The house was a wood foundation house and had a walkout basement on one narrow end. One person was upstairs asleep on the couch (we'll call him Bob), one person was down stairs on the "enclosed" side of the basement (we'll call him Al), and one person was on the "open" side of the basement (we'll call him Bill).

Bill had no sense of smell, probably from heavy smoking. He went to the bathroom in the center of the basement and flipped the light on; he didn't smell the gas leak from the room next to him. The room exploded, forcing him into the outside wall. He got up, entirely not thinking of himself, and ran back into the house because he feared the other two were in there. There was a secondary explosion that sent him back outside. That was the last he remembered.

Now, he ended up in the Hospital in a coma an hour north of there. Bob was very able to come in and visit him and see to Bill's well being and did so frequently. The problem is, Bill's sister (we'll call her Betty) and Bob did not get along with each other. Betty, being very vindictive, called the Hospital and had Bob restricted from visiting Bill. Betty lived two hours away and very rarely got up there to visit; it was Bob who was able to visit regularly and did so as frequently as possible.

However, simply out of spite for Bob, Betty had him restricted from visiting. Now tell me? Is this at all right? I think not. I understand that there are certain concerns with restricting visiting because of different issues that come up but, in general, I really do not believe such situations should even be allowed.

I would have to agree with you Dennis that, is the Obama administration stretching the arm of the government too far, yet again? Absolutely, but at the same time it is not right that loved ones should be restricted in such a manner regardless of the relationship.

Dennis said...

Phil,

I wrote, "If a patient in the hospital is allowed to have visitors, and the patient requests that his or her best friend be allowed to visit, it is no business of some hospital administrator to deny that request."

It sounds like we are in perfect agreement on that.

I went on: "In fact, I have serious doubts that any hospital in America today would actually deny such a request."

Since Bill was unable to request visitors (being in a coma) the hospital was not denying his request. Therefore, I still have serious doubts about whether any hospital in America today would deny such a request.

Even if same-sex marriage was legal, it would not have helped Bill and Bob since they did not have a homosexual relationship and would not have been married.

Your example demonstrates, however, that legalizing same-sex marriage will still not solve all the hospital visitation issues.