It absolutely amazes me how people can read something and totally not understand it. A neighbor came over and mentioned that she had just read the health care bill. (Interesting in that this hasn't been finalized in either the house or senate) but I digress, she insisted that in the bill there was a requirement to put senior citizens to death by requiring a life directive. Needless to say she's an unread republican. I tried to explain exactly what this meant but you know republicans they'd rather believe the scare than the actual facts.
So what's a life directive? Real simple. It's legal instructions you set down to the hospital and your family in the event you are unable to communicate your wishes. It's not an easy decision to put on paper but it makes life so much easier for all involved.
And unlike the lies that the republicans have been circulating it is you and not the government or any insurance company who is making the decisions here.
After the Terry Shivo thing and having a relative face a similar situation as well as not having a will, I set out and did the deed legally and got my will and life directive completed. Darn and I always thought I was imortal.
I may change a few things later but at least there's no doubt as to what I wanted. I've also left instructions on what to do on my passing as I know people spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to do and that involves fights and arguments. Nothing worse than seeing a family torn apart because nobody knew what to do.
So you might want to sit down with a lawyer or paralegal (depending on your state) and get it over with because if you don't the government will be making the decisions.