Rationing Human Life: Health Care Reform and Disabled People

Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 26, p. 196, Spring 2011

7 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2012 Last revised: 3 Dec 2012

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Stephen L. Mikochik

Ave Maria School of Law; Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: January 23, 2011

Abstract

Peter Singer has proposed health care rationing that includes an invidious discrimination against people with disabilities. Unfortunately, Congress has codified the potential for such discrimination in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But why should any public official have the discretion to treat the lives of people with disabilities as of "lower value" than the lives of anyone else. There must be a comprehensive limitation in the law against the misuse of comparative clinical effectiveness research to support the rationing of human life.

Keywords: Affordable Health Care Act, disabilities, health care rationing

Suggested Citation

Mikochik, Stephen L. and Mikochik, Stephen L., Rationing Human Life: Health Care Reform and Disabled People (January 23, 2011). Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 26, p. 196, Spring 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2115889

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