The duty to die
It has already been a growing threat under the influence of the ‘right to die’ movement and spreading ‘futility care laws’.
Now it’s looming larger in the 1,018 page health care proposal as
written, and more Americans are starting to become aware that it practically mandates rationing that will discriminate against the most vulnerable.
The version of President Obama’s universal health care
plan pending in the U.S. House would require “end-of-life” counseling
for senior citizens, and the former lieutenant governor for the state
of New York is warning people to “protect their parents” from the
At issue is section 1233 of the legislative proposal that deals with
a government requirement for an “Advance Care Planning Consultation.”
Betsy McCaughey, the former New York state officer, told former
president candidate Fred Thompson during an interview on his radio
program the “consultation” is no more or less than an attempt to
convince seniors to die.
“One of the most shocking things is page 425, where the Congress
would make it mandatory absolutely that every five years people in
Medicare have a required counseling session,” she said. “They will tell
[them] how to end their life sooner.”
The proposal specifically calls for the consultation to recommend
“palliative care and hospice” for seniors in their mandatory counseling
sessions. Palliative care and hospice generally focus only on pain
relief until death.
The measure requires “an explanation by the practitioner of the
continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including
palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and
supports that are available under this title.”
McCaughey said she was stunned.
“As a patient advocate I am so shocked at the vicious assault on
elderly people and the boomer generation,” she told Thompson. “I hope
people listening will protect their parents from what is intended under
She cited the federal provision that such counseling sessions must
be administered every five years. If there’s a significant change in
the person’s health or status during that time, such as an ordinary
move to a nursing home because of declining physical abilities, the
counseling must be administered again.
The message, she said, is “to do what’s in society’s best interests, and cut your life short.”
“Can you imagine the response of the American people (when they find out)?” Thompson asked…
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