Keeping your voice heard after the Supreme Court decision
By now you’ve probably seen the front page of your newspaper (or heard the radio, TV or chatted with your neighbor) that yesterday the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act – what some fondly and others not-so-fondly call “Obamacare.”
The passion – from those on all sides of the debate – we saw on the steps of the
Court yesterday shows how deeply concerned Americans are about their health. Regardless of where you are on the issue, making sure your voice is heard at ALL stages of your care, especially when you can’t clearly speak for yourself, is important.
This is where advance medical directives come in. An advance medical directive is a document that allows you to give instructions about future medical treatment preferences in case you become unable to make decisions on your own behalf or can't communicate your wishes. In case your instructions don't account for every scenario, you are also able to name a person(s) to make decisions for you.
Creating your directive and starting the conversation now, today, is important. Nobody wants the guilt of having to make a decision for a loved one without knowing what he/she wants. And the days of thinking this is just an issue for the elderly and frail are long gone… as new parents have a baby to protect, caregivers need to ensure they've kept their promises, our military should be comforted knowing their wishes can be found in an emergency and our veterans should have confidence their wishes can be found at any time.
Where ever you are in life, it’s important to make sure your wishes are heard.