End-of-Life Counseling Removed From Bill After Deathers Falsely Say it Would “Kill Granny”

August 14, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, announced yesterday that the end-of-life counseling provision would be removed from the proposed House health care bill.

The provision provided for Medicare to pay for counseling on advance directives, such as living wills and durable powers of attorney, but in recent days Republican “deathers,” such as Sarah Palin, have misled the public with scare tactics, by making false claims that the counseling sessions amounted to “death panels” that would kill seniors.

Sen. Grassley said the provision was dropped, because it “could be misinterpreted.” And he later added, “Maybe others can defend a bill like the Pelosi bill that leaves major issues open to interpretation, but I can’t.”

Ironically, Sen. Grassley himself, has added to the din of false claims of “death panels” and forced euthanasia, by recently telling a crowd of constituents that they were right to fear the end-of-life counseling provision, because it might contribute to “euthanizing seniors.”

In an AP article, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), singled out the scare tactics used by Republicans, such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, calling their comments “despicable.” He derided the talk of “death panels” and euthanasia as “…a blatant lie.



2 Responses to “End-of-Life Counseling Removed From Bill After Deathers Falsely Say it Would “Kill Granny””

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 14th, 2009 5:05 pm

    So because Sarah Palin, the incompetent boob who didn’t even know what the job of the Vice President of the United States is, is stupid and tells lies, seniors will now be denied counseling which is important to the well-being of their loved ones when the seniors finally pass on.

    Well, gee, thanks, Republicans, it’s good to know that profits for your owners, the insurance companies, who are already among the wealthiest corporations on the planet, are far more important than the grief and confusion my death will cause my loved ones.

    Say, if someone is already terminally ill, what would be the penalty for going on a rampage and killing a bunch of insurance executives? Not suggesting that anyone should. Just sayin’.

  2. Chris on August 15th, 2009 9:56 am

    Wow look at you Old Man…angry are we? Lets see, your party (I’m assuming you’re a Dem by your statement) owns all aspects of this current Government on all levels…so tell me again why you’re angry?…Oh that’s right, a single Republican Woman made your entire party look ridiculous. See you at the polls!


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