Senators, who are working on their August vacation, have dropped the end-of-life legislation from the Senate version of the health care bill.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) says the end-of-life text has been dropped because “it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.” Uh huh!
In a statement, Grassley criticized the House bill, saying there was a difference between a “simple education campaign, as some advocates want,” and paying “physicians to advise patients about end-of-life care.”
Sarah Palin…you remember her; the former Governor of Alaska who’s approval ratings are in the flusher – the Sarah Palin who really has no influence over anyone; the Sarah Palin who has no followers and no one agreeing with her? That Sarah Palin, said the end of life legislation was downright evil and hundreds of thousands agreed with her.
It was a real irritant at those Townhalls that voters demanded an explanation of that portion of the bill. What a shame. No Democrat could explain it, or more importantly, explain why it was so obscenely vague.
In a Facebook posting late Wednesday night, Palin argued that the elderly and ailing could be coerced into accepting minimal end-of-life care to reduce health care costs. “With all due respect, it’s misleading for the president to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients,” she wrote. “It’s all just more evidence that the Democratic legislative proposals will lead to health care rationing.”
Palin was right. The administration says the end-of-life counseling is voluntary, but when Democrats were asked to put the word “voluntary” into the legislation, they refused – (read You and the New Advanced Care Planning Industry).
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care,” the former Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.
“Such a system is downright evil,” she added.
The House version says the legislation is mandatory, that Medicare will reimburse doctors for “voluntary counseling sessions.” Just go to the link in the above paragraph and read about the bureaucracy being created to handle “your counseling.” Billions will likely be needed to get this huge structure set up – then you will probably find that a “practitioner” will probably not do your “counseling session,” because he/she is just too darn busy shuffling papers. Who knows who might sit across from you as you obediently sit through your end-of-life meeting.
Well, I don’t trust any of them. Let’s watch for that 3 a.m. amendment the night of the vote.
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