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Senator exclude end of life provision from bill?

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.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090813/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_end_of_life_2

So it was found out and could no longer be hidden and they dropped it.I wonder what else we will find ;)

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:35 PM on Aug. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 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.

    PsWifey

    Answer by PsWifey at 8:49 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • well it's good they will be dropping that. I don't want somebody trying to "counsel" my aged mother to just ask for assisted suicide so it won't cost too much, or so she be out of pain that they will decide she doesn't need medicines for.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 9:03 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Pagan, you couldn't be more WRONG!
    Advance directives are NOT assisted suicide. The time to ask a person what they would or would not want is NOT at the end of life. Do you want to live out the rest of your life on a respirator? If you are on a respirator and your heart stops, do you want health care workers to shock your heart and try to bring you back. These questions are personal! The patient could be the one making these decisions. NOT your family or doctor. That is why advance directives are necessary!
    Grandmarga

    Answer by Grandmarga at 9:10 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • I think they are just trying to get it passed, and this one issue has been blown so out of proportion that they probably think it's not worth losing the bill just to cover these voluntary sessions. On the one hand, it's too bad they are legitimizing the crazy accusations, on the other hand, if they take it out it's one less thing to lie about. Probably worth it in the long run in order to get the bill passed, if people choose these consultations the doc could probably bill it as a regular appointment and get reimbursed for their time.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:12 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • You are so right Grandmarga.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:12 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Every responsible adult should have an advance directive!
    Grandmarga

    Answer by Grandmarga at 9:13 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • OH MY GOSH PEOPLE...... just read the FACTS and stop getting caught up in political posturing and false rhetoric!!!!!!! As someone who KNOWS FIRST HAND , end of life counseling is extremely important for people who don't know about advance care directives, power of attorney, patient advocacy and putting into writing what they want done should they be unable to speak for themselves. These are LEGAL ISSUES that need to be taken care of BEFORE end of life issues arrive. Honestly people, get your emotions under control and turn your brains back on!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:03 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Marga : Pagan, you couldn't be more WRONG!
    Advance directives are NOT assisted suicide.
    ________________________________

    Are you saying that it is not even slightly possible that a Doctor in Washington (where assisted suicide is legal) not try to persuade a 75 year old who needs heart surgery to just "think" about it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Every responsible adult should have an advance directive!

    True but it should be done privately with an attorney and the family presents it when the person is ill. People can already do that so what was the point of that provision? Seems it was left open to interpretation so they could do what they wanted.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Are you saying that it is not even slightly possible that a Doctor in Washington (where assisted suicide is legal) not try to persuade a 75 year old who needs heart surgery to just "think" about it?


    That is NOT what an advance directive is!......
    Advance directives are YOUR wishes when you no longer can speak for yourself.
    Grandmarga

    Answer by Grandmarga at 10:10 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

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