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Where did those "death panel" claims some from?

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) also recently accused the Democrats' health care reform plan of putting seniors "to death."

But there is nothing resembling the alleged "death panel" in the health care reform plan. A spokesperson for Palin told ABC News that the former governor was referring to a section promoting advance care planning that appears on page 425 of the House Democrats' bill [pdf]. Advance care planning includes living wills and durable powers of attorney that allow individuals to make clear their wishes for end-of-life care, whatever they may be.

And as it turns out, the cause of advance planning has been championed especially strongly by a pro-life Republican -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 4:52 PM on Aug. 10, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Isakson (photo above) is a member of Senate Health committee that played a key role in shaping the health care reform legislation. He successfully offered an amendment in committee that allows funds for a government-funded program that provides in-home services to people with disabilities to be used for advance care planning, according to the national Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

    Isakson has been promoting advance care planning for years. In 2007, for example, he co-sponsored two bills to encourage such planning -- the Medicare End-of-Life Care Planning Act and the Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act.

    In 2005, Isakson joined with state lawmakers to publicly sign a personal "Directive for Final Health Care" to encourage Georgians to discuss their personal wishes for end-of-life care. He cited the controversial case of Terry Schiavo --
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:52 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • http://www.southernstudies.org/2009/08/death-panel-architect-a-pro-life-republican-from-georgia.html
    a Florida woman who lived for several years in a persistent vegetative state before her husband had her disconnected from a feeding tube -- to illustrate the importance of advance planning.

    "I believe it is every person's right and responsibility to make sure their loved ones are prepared to make decisions on their behalf by discussing and documenting their wishes," Isakson said at the time. "It is my sincere hope that all Georgians will join me in following the lead of the Georgia General Assembly's Resolution and make their final wishes known."

    Isakson is a pro-life politician who opposes abortion as well as stem cell research entailing the destruction of human embryos.

    So far Isakson has remained silent publicly on the "death panel" brouhaha.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:53 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • okay I will only explain this one more time its getting annoying! If they ration care which IS in the bill Seniors are going to be more likely denied care..if you don't receive adequate care you will DIE sooner. So if a Health Committee sends you a letter saying you can not have a kidney transplant because you are 72 years old they are technically sentencing you to death.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • okay I will only explain this one more time its getting annoying! If they ration care which IS in the bill Seniors are going to be more likely denied care..if you don't receive adequate care you will DIE sooner. So if a Health Committee sends you a letter saying you can not have a kidney transplant because you are 72 years old they are technically sentencing you to death.


    Insurance companies do this NOW on a regular basis..and that is NOT what the term "death panels" means...

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:57 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • Also I am sorry but NO doctor is a lawyer so they have NO business explaining living wills etc to patients. We don't really know what this end of life care crap really means they say it is advice on what to do and expect when you are on the brink of death etc. but hey the bill is a big mess so they can ADD in whatever they what!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • Insurance companies do this NOW on a regular basis..and that is NOT what the term "death panels" means...
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    It will happen more then it does now! That it is your personal judgment on what death panels mean as was mine.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • "So if a Health Committee sends you a letter saying you can not have a kidney transplant because you are 72 years old they are technically sentencing you to death."

    That's already happening. Every single day.

    I remember my mom's first surgeon saying, "If it was my 74 year old mother I wouldn't let her have this surgery to remove a tumor from her colon."

    THE SURGEON said it.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 5:04 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • The bill's language is not clear enough here. It does not specifically lay out what end of life counseling entails. Considering some comments made by Obama, Emmanuel and others, I see where the fear is coming from. That clause should. Be rewritten to detail exactly What is being allowed.
    This bill is a poorly written slapped together expensive mess. They need to slow it down.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 6:06 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • Sarah "doesn't know when to simply shut her mouth about things she could never understand (which is practically everything)" Palin certainly didn't help matters on this one.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • okay I will only explain this one more time its getting annoying!


    you didn't answer the question. the "death panel" meme is bullshit.


    So if a Health Committee sends you a letter saying you can not have a kidney transplant because you are 72 years old they are technically sentencing you to death.


    such calls are already being made everyday in the question of elegibility for organ transplant

    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 6:33 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

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