At least it's brought back into focus a conversation everybody should have with their doctor, young or old. And that's without even passing.
Why would you NOT want your doctor to know your wishes surrounding end-of-life care? Are you afraid he'll try to push you into doctor-assisted suicide? Are you that weak-willed?
Oh, and when you're old and already have dementia, or when you come in with major brain damage or a broken neck, it's too late to have the discussion.
Ok, so maybe it wasn't the smartest thing to do to have an Oregonian put forth this Amendment, and a majority liberal one at that. And it was sure stupid *NOT* to include a clause, like they did with abortion, forbidding insurance companies from using government subsidies to pay for euthanasia. But at least it got us talking- and if it means a few more people fill out an "advance directive" or a "power of attorney" or a "living will" (depending on the state, laws on this differ, as do the names for it) then it's worth the hassle.
P.S. for you gays out there bugging us for same sex marriage- 99% of what you want out of marriage can be gained simply by granting your partner power of attorney in case of accident or disease. Just saying that might be a better option than calling the rest of society bigots for not allowing you to get married.