No Such Thing As Death Panels Removed From Senate Version

The Hill Is reporting

The Senate Finance Committee will drop a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from its proposed healthcare bill, its top Republican member said Thursday.

The committee, which has worked on putting together a bipartisan healthcare reform bill, will drop the controversial provision after it was derided by conservatives as “death panels” to encourage euthanasia.

“On the Finance Committee, we are working very hard to avoid unintended consequences by methodically working through the complexities of all of these issues and policy options,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement. “We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly.”

I don’t want anyone to get too excited about this, since what everyone has been really talking about are the provisions in the HOUSE legislation, particularly section 1233 of HR 3200.

Others: The Note, Michelle Malkin, Atlas Shrugs, Weasel Zippers, Freedom’s Lighthouse, Hot Air, Little Green Footballs (unhinged Palin Derangemt Syndrome in view), The Political Carnival and Below The Beltway (doesn’t get it, and a little PDS, as well.)

Also, Harry Reid thinks you protesters are “evil-mongers.” Hmm, since this is being cross-posted at 3 sites…..

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3 Responses to “No Such Thing As Death Panels Removed From Senate Version”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Do you think that when people are terminal that they should receive end of life counseling ? I do I found it very helpful when my siblings and I were forced to make decisions as my mother died.

  2. End of life counseling is not the government’s business or mandate. Rather, that kind of counseling should be between a doctor and patient (also patient’s family). That’s how my family dealt with my father’s terminal illness.

  3. I have no problem with EOL counseling, John. But, see, that is not the point. The government should not require, nor incentivize, doctors to discuss it. It is between a doctor and the patient, and government should have no input.

    Hey, I myself have a DNR order based on certain criteria, as well as a living will. For the DNR, I carefully went over it with my doctor, and did that when I was around 30. It was MY choice. Why should government have any input?

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