Palin shoots and scores – “Death Panels” will be axed from bill

Sarah Palin's notes on her FaceBook page raised so much public awareness that the Senate Finance Committee will drop a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from its proposed healthcare bill.

The committee, which has worked on putting together a bipartisan healthcare reform bill, will drop the controversial provision after being derided as "death panels" to encourage euthanasia by conservatives.

"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," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement. "We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly."

Grassley also said, ""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." 

I hope that Chuck Grassley and the other members of the Finance Committee continue their good work and remove any possibility of taxpayer funded health care subsidies for illegal immigrants.

H/T to Michael O'Brien at The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

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0 Responses to Palin shoots and scores – “Death Panels” will be axed from bill

  1. Rick Parrish says:

    If you believe that “death panel” fairytale, you’re not as astute an observer as I originally thought. Didn’t you said you were going to read the document? I certainly hope you don’t take your legislative interpretations from Sarah Palin. I guess the payback will be when the insurance companies take their cue from the government and refuse to pay for any type of advance directive counseling, planning or medical advice. Of course Ms. Palin, as Alaska governor signed a proclamation making April 16, 2008, Healthcare Decision Day with the goal to have health care professionals and others participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information about advance directives… I guess she forgot about that. I don’t know about you, but I sought out advice on the subject and I have a living will in place. Amazingly enough, no one ever suggested that I just kill myself and save everyone the trouble!

    David says: I have a copy of the bill and read the part that covered mandatory end of life counseling. Senator Grassley is right. That part could be abused.

  2. GBGames says:

    I’m curious about how it could be abused. The only info I’ve found is that the healthcare bill will pay for seniors to talk with doctors about future health care. Only three states allow euthanasia, so unless the concern is that the abuse will occur in those states (abuse being that doctors will convince patients that euthanasia is the way to go), legally (so it isn’t really abuse, right?), I’m not sure what other abuses are the concern here. Care to clarify?

  3. Rick Parrish says:

    I’m now looking at pages 424-434 of H.R. 3200, which is Section 1233 Advance Care Planning Consultation. There is no mention of this consultation being mandatory and certainly no mention of “Death Panels” or anything resembling one. The “axing” is more about political posturing and headline-grabbing. I’m not sure what you’re reading.

  4. Rick,

    Now that you have started reading the bill, have you wondered why a bill would provide a financial incentive to doctors to initiate consultations on living wills, hospice care, etc. to the elderly?

    If it was being done out of the kindness of Obama’s heart, why the resistance to dropping this non-critical provision from the bill?

    Sarah Palin’s “Healthcare Decisions Day” proclamation explicitly called on medical professionals and lawyers “to volunteer their time and efforts” to provide information to the public.

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