CLAIM: The House bill "may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia," House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said July 23.
Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey said in a July 17 article: "One troubling provision of the House bill compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years ... about alternatives for end-of-life care."
THE FACTS: The bill would require Medicare to pay for advance directive consultations with health care professionals. But it would not require anyone to use the benefit.
Advance directives lay out a patient's wishes for life-extending measures under various scenarios involving terminal illness, severe brain damage and situations. Patients and their families would consult with health professionals, not government agents, if they used the proposed benefit.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:37 AM on Aug. 2, 2009
The problem with this bill is that so many people are stating assumptions like they are facts and people believe it. How can anyone even discuss it when people start barking about killing old folks and forced government abortions?
I appreciate you posting many good things about the bill along with the some negatives. This is a very realistic post.
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