Monday, August 17, 2009

On the other hand...

Maybe President Obama doesn't have plans to euthanize the elderly and disabled.

Last week Iowa Senator Chuck Grassely seemed to agree with Sarah Palin's "death panel" accusation, saying:
"There is some fear because in the House bill, there is 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 20 years before you're going to die. You ought to plan these things out. And I don't have any problem with things like living wills. But they ought to be done within the family. We should not have a government program that determines if you're going to pull the plug on grandma"
Due to the outrage caused by Palin's asinine comment, Congress is no longer considering end-of-life counseling as part of the health care bill. But now that the faux controversy is over, Grassely can re-acquaint himself with reality:
"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."
If someone proposed an bill covering end-of-life counseling in a different context (were we not debating health care reform), it would be overwhelmingly popular. Too bad.

Usually when people make comments as dumb as Grassely's, I'm left asking myself whether they are stupid, crazy or disingenuous. Fortunately, Grassely answered the question for us.

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