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Stewart and McCaughey Talk Death Panels

August 21, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Armed with the first 500 pages of the House health care bill (H.R. 3200) Betsy McCaughey, the first person to equate end-of-life planning with government-mandated euthanasia, went on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night to defend her position.

The show sort of underscores the anomaly of the health care debate in our country right now. This is comedy show where two people are having a fairly high-level discussion about actual legislative text, and the substance is compelling enough that it makes for good entertainment. There is a real desire to know what’s in the bill. Health care, obviously, is an especially important issue. But, also, I think the people that follow what happens in Congress are figuring out that there is a lot of misinformation standing in the way of having a smart debate of the bill, and they are trying to get the facts for themselves, which is fantastic.

Here’s the show in thee parts. Below the videos are links to the sections of the bill text they refer to.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Betsy McCaughey Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealthcare Protests

Page 425: Sec. 1233 – Advance Care Planning Consultation

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealthcare Protests

Page 432: Physician’s QUALITY REPORTING INITIATIVE – where McCaughey alleges the bill would effectively make the consultations mandatory.

The Congressional Budget Office report (.pdf) mentioned by McCaughey, with budget information on reducing fraud, waste and abuse.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealthcare Protests

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