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Grassley Clarifies, Health Care Bill Would Not Let the Government Decide When to "Pull the Plug on Grandma"

August 17, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Sen. Chuck Grassley [R, IA] on August 10th:

In the House bill, there’s counseling for end-of-life. And, from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling twenty years before you are going to die. You ought to plan these things out, and, you know, I don’t have any problems with things like living wills, but they ought to be done within the family. We should not have a government program that determines when you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.

And, via the Washington Post, on August 17th:

Grassley says he opposes that counseling as written in the House version of the bill, but a spokesman said the senator does not think the House provision would in fact give the government such authority in deciding when and how people die. The House bill allows patients to decide for themselves if they would like such counseling.

Related: Debunking health care lies (by reading the bill).

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  • che1969 08/17/2009 8:16am

    Make it count for all Americans :-Health Care Reform is MEANINGLESS if:1. There is no Public Option ( with clear path to SINGLE PAYER, No Co-ops, No Triggers ).2. Everybody is not covered. (Without Exception)3. Coverage can be denied based on “Pre-existing” conditions.4. It does not contain Patients’ Rights.5. Strict Regulations are not imposed on insurance plans.6. Affordability and costs to consumers, as well as providers, are not addressed.7. Accessibility, delivery and quality are not maintained and/or improved.8. There’s NO oversight from medical, financial and national security perspectives.9. Profit motive is NOT REMOVED.10. Innovation, Research guidelines and funding are not addressed.Health Care For Patients, NOT For Profit because Health Care For Profit is Health Care DENIED.

  • che1969 08/17/2009 8:17am

    Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should an insurance middleman come between a patient and his/her doctor – especially, if the insurance middleman stands to gain from it. Insurance and Employers have no business being in Health Care. They contribute nothing towards it.

  • Anonymous 08/17/2009 8:45am

    “There is no Public Option ( with clear path to SINGLE PAYER, No Co-ops, No Triggers” No choice, right? Look at the countries with “single payer” – no way do Americans want that.

    “Insurance and Employers have no business being in Health Care.” Neither does government. What government SHOULD do is make insurance portable across state lines to give us more choices and increase competition. That wouldn’t cost trillions of dollars to do.

  • Anonymous 08/17/2009 8:46am

    I don’t believe there were “death panels” and such in the legislation, BUT Advance Directives have been discussed between patient and doctor for YEARS. Every time you have a procedure – no matter what your age – you sign a waiver stating what you want done in case a life or death situation arises. Doctors with older patients and doctors like oncologists already DO discuss this subject with their patients. We don’t need another government mandate telling the private sector how to do business. Let them clean their own house, first. Let’s see them balance the budget FIRST and prove they’re worthy of telling anyone else how to run their business.

  • Anonymous 08/17/2009 6:34pm

    Leave my health care alone

  • Anonymous 08/17/2009 6:37pm


  • TKDPATRIOT43 08/18/2009 6:24am

    This is very scary stuff. If the Obamanation administration rams this health care bill down our throats and makes this bill LAW. Then it really is time for revolution!! I know thats easy to sit here in the comfort of my home and type on my little keypad. However My family and I have prepared for just such a thing. Then we got our neibors and there family’s involved. and with that being said ive already said to much. and it’s not just health care. Cap and trade. study up on that bill. Who is going to pay for all of this? This will send our economy into hyperinflation. or i could just be a nervous nelly… Respectfully Troy k Dawes.

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