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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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