Thu Aug 13, 1:55 pm ET
WASHINGTON – Key senators are excluding a provision on end-of-life care from health overhaul legislation after language in a House bill caused a furor.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.
A health care bill passed by three House committees allows Medicare to reimburse doctors for voluntary counseling sessions about end-of-life decisions. But critics have claimed the provision could lead to death panels and euthanasia for seniors.
The Senate Finance Committee is still working to complete a bill.
So it was found out and could no longer be hidden and they dropped it.I wonder what else we will find ;)
Asked by Anonymous at 8:35 PM on Aug. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
I think the Senator's statement regarding misinterpretation was accurate. Just look at how wildly that one statement has been debated on here. There are some who read it as an inclusion for end of life counseling at a most difficult time and for these doctors to be reimbursed for their time (most often these discussions take hours and doctors do not charge patients or their families) while others are reading it as a hot poker in the tush leading to a coffin. I am glad it is gone-hopefully more of the ambiguous language is restructured to make clear sense. I don't know of any bill that has received such public and fevered debate.
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