Obama Wants to Kill your Grandma

Obama Wants to kill Your Grandma

Democrat health “reform” Nazis want to kill old people! It’s right there in their bill, Section 1233 of H.R. 3200. You want federal health care? Just sign off on your own compulsory euthanasia.

Who says? House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) in a joint statement. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said on the House floor that the bill would “force Seniors to be put to death by their government.”

Reality check: Section 1233 of HR 3200 allows doctors reimbursement for patient counseling once every five years on Advance Care Planning. It isn’t mandatory.

Congressman Boehner is from Ohio, where state law permits Advance Care Planning (Ohio Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and State of Ohio Living Will Declaration) but federally-funded Medicare does not presently cover counseling for it.

Congressman McCotter is from Michigan, where state law permits Advance Care Planning (Michigan Designation of Patient Advocate for Healthcare) but but federally-funded Medicare does not presently cover counseling for it.

Representative Foxx is from North Carolina, where state law permits Advance Care Planning (North Carolina Healthcare Power of Attorney and North Carolina Advance Directive for Natural Death [“Living Will”]) but federally-funded Medicare does not presently cover counseling for it.

In fact, almost all state governments have provisions for Advance Care Planning, but Medicare won’t pay for it. The G.W. Bush Administration’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded studies on the issue and published a report in 2003 recommending Advance Care Planning, with detailed guidelines for practitioners.

“But the consultations wouldn’t be mandatory” under the Obama plan, explains Mike Madden of Salon, “if your grandmother doesn’t want to go talk to her doctor about end-of-life care, she won’t have to.”

 Because Medicare doesn’t pay for this kind of planning now, only 40 percent of seniors who depend on the government insurance say they have an advance directive that tells healthcare providers what measures they do and don’t want used to prolong their life, even though 75 percent say they think it’s important. The lack of planning actually costs a lot of money. Medicare spends billions and billions of dollars annually on expensive treatment during the last year of a dying patient’s life. Without allowing Medicare to pay for end-of-life consultations, it’s hard to know whether patients even want to go to such expensive lengths.

He hasn’t read the bill, of course, but that doesn’t stop Rush Limbaugh from telling his vast audience of credulous seniors that the bill contains a compulsory euthanasia clause.

 More on this issue here, here, and here.

 

Image ( “La Vecchia” [“The Old Woman”], after Giorgione) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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14 Responses to “Obama Wants to Kill your Grandma”

  1. K. Grant Says:

    Thank you for shooting down this absolute foolishness. A good blog post, and a good blog.

  2. Linkmeister Says:

    What infuriates me about the Villagers, as Digby among others calls the media, is that they never call these elected Representatives out on this nonsense.

  3. Mike Licht Says:

    Linkmeister wrote: What infuriates me about … the media, is that they never call these elected Representatives out on this nonsense.

    Mike Madden of Salon did a great job, and Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown also cites the 1990 federal Patient Self-Determination Act. Jake Tapper just posted on this in Political Punch.

  4. CP0879 Says:

    I’m glad there are some people helping to shine a light on all the lies surrounding health care reform, such as euthanasia. For many people, fixing the current system is a life and death issue and we deserve a substantive debate – not disruptive behavior at town halls and relentless fear-mongering.

  5. Windroot Says:

    Finally the artists of the big lie went a bridge too far. As I have noted elsewhere, these people are no better than scam artists who frighten seniors into buying unneeded roof repairs or a new driveway. Unfortunately, there is a reason why the big lie endures as a technique. It works just enough to sow doubt and confusion.

  6. Margaret Ross Says:

    Can these right wing broadcasters like Rush and Beck and Haggity be held responsible for fomenting riots? I wonder.

  7. Mike Licht Says:

    UPDATE: Betsy McCaughey stated on the July 16th Fred Thompson radio show that the health care reform bill “would make it mandatory — absolutely require — that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner.”

    Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact found this to be an outright falsehood, in the PANTS ON FIRE category.

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  10. Chris Says:

    Thank God for end of life counseling and durable powers of attorney – my mother died in March and had signed durable power of attorney, and filed a Living Will, after end of life counseling. This move allowed us, as a family, to allow her to transition to hospice care and die a peaceful, natural death, rather than to continue with the aggressive, painful, expensive, and ultimately needless treatments that the hospital wanted.

    Had she not been through the counseling, there may have been a much different outcome. Thankfully, she had private insurance that paid for her to go through the counseling. Counseling, guidance and honest communication should be available to all. I believe it comes down to American’s overwhelming fear of death and the resulting hesitation to talk about death despite its inevitablility.

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  12. Too Safe Says:

    I just heard that Obama now wants to rape your grandmother too….

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