The Democratic House Bill 3200 on national health care should be defeated. Following are some reasons why. I pray you will take the time to review and consider.
Read an article here about the end-of-life provisions titled “Deadly Doctors”. It includes disturbing quotes from Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Obama recently appointed him to two important health policy positions.
In context, the above information is why the Town Hall "mobs"are greatly concerned about "end of life" counseling in House Bill 3200
The following is from House Bill 3200, Section 1233 about "Advance Care Planning" for the elderly or terminally ill. Medical practitioners shall provide:
"an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice..."
The bill allows Medicare to pay for such consultations every five years or more often if the personal is terminally ill.
The White House has clarified that these sessions are not “mandated” in a technical sense. However, the bill would allow practitioners to initiate the counseling. The incentive is that the government will pay for it. The government also would provide end-of-life counseling training to these practitioners. Read an article about this here.
This article on FoxNews.com reports on the current debate. Read about it here.
You can read the full text of the 1000+ page bill here.
I admit that this is personal with me. My Mom was in a nursing home. She was weak and confused. She was not eating enough and was becoming weaker. I felt she was depressed. I can only imagine her "choice" if a government trained "end-of-life" counselor spoke to her.
I would have wanted a counselor or minister to come to her and urge her to eat - and live, as I did.
House Bill 3200 promotes nothing less than “passive euthanasia” and should be defeated for this and numerous other reasons not expressed here.
I welcome your comments.