I work at a facility for disabled adults. Her son sounds exactly like one client in particular, the emotional and mental level of a 2-3 year old in the body of a grown man. He put one of our caregivers in the hospital not long after he was admitted. I agree with the lady, it's not fair to the family to have to potentially deal with him as he reaches levels of strength that are dangerous. Honestly a facility like mine would be the best place for him. Round the clock care including nurses and doctors, a room that is his own, able to go on outings to movies and shopping and such, and most importantly we as caregivers know what we're getting into and get paid accordingly. And if we were injured to the point of not being able to return to work right away due to being assaulted (and trust me, some of the things the clients have done to staff definitely qualify as assault) then we are paid 100% of our wage until we return. Whereas a family member would just have to deal with whatever is done to them on their own.
Being on either side of this would be my biggest fear ever. I can't imagine raising a child like that, or worse, getting severe brain damage somehow and needing constant care.
I have a child that's disabled and although it's not easy it's not a nightmare either.
>When compared with other developed nations, the US does a horrible job at caring for the disabled.
You could probably say this about a lot of things.
Jesus. I’m no moralist and about as pro-choice as a person can get, but you shouldn’t be allowed to shove a severely disabled child into the arms of the state and shift all the burden for raising and carrying for that child to the public.
I agree with the comment though. “Pro-life” probably isn’t even a good term describe these people because they certainly have no problem causing death by the cutting of social services, or with the death penalty, or with foreign wars that cost our country dearly in blood and treasures, and result in the deaths of untold tens of thousands of non-combatants as well. Maybe we should just call them “pro-birth” because after that, you’re on your own.
But, you know what? I don’t see anything changing, at least not right away. It’s not that universal healthcare is fundamentally unaffordable, it’s just not a priority for us. We Americans will gleefully wallow in their own misery so long as we think those other people we hate will only suffer more. In fact, given the long-term voting trends since 1964, I don’t see any other explanation.
This situation is just sad all around. There's no solution that would make everyone involved happy.