Death Panel language out in one committee

a blog by
Ruth McClung
August 15, 2009

Ruth McClung wants to thank all of you for your hard work in opposing the Health Care Reform bills currently going through Congress. We are being heard! The Senate Finance Committee has dropped the so called Death Panel language from its version of the bill:

Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today made the following comment on end-of-life concerns and other concerns prompted by the House committee-passed health care legislation.

The bill passed by the House committees is so poorly cobbled together that it will have all kinds of unintended consequences, including making taxpayers fund health care subsidies for illegal immigrants. On the end-of-life issue, there's a big difference between a simple educational campaign, as some advocates want, and the way the House committee-passed bill pays physicians to advise patients about end of life care and rates physician quality of care based on the creation of and adherence to orders for end-of-life care, while at the same time creating a government-run program that is likely to lead to the rationing of care for everyone. 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. That methodical approach continues. We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly. Maybe others can defend a bill like the Pelosi bill that leaves major issues open to interpretation, but I can't.

(Senator Grassley is the ranking Republican in the Senate Finance Committee: see his press release at http://finance.senate.gov/press/Gpress/2009/prg081309.pdf)

There are however about 7 versions of the Bill going through both Houses of Congress, and this is only one version. And this is only one issue. Keep up fighting for our rights. By the way, Rep. Grijalva says he will not vote for the bill unless it contains a strong inclusion of public option. The public option will lead to a single payer plan and we need to continue fighting against this socialistic provision in any of the bills.

I am privileged to be fighting with all of you to save our freedoms.

Ruth

 

 

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