Not so bad really, but the section also authorized the Secretary of Health and Human Services to define end of life milestones and determine those eligible for services. A non-legislative panel would then determine whether further life saving care and expense would be appropriate and communicate those concerns to the family members or any custodial care representative. Of course, absolutely no pressure for life termination to save money and free-up bed space would be exerted as the whole program is to be run by a loving and benevolent government and would be strictly voluntary just like Obama's proposed government requirement for student paid volunteer community service.
From the AP/Yahoo -
Key senators are excluding a provision on end-of-life care from health overhaul legislation after language in a House bill caused a furor.It's all moot anyway since the death panel provision was never in the HR3200 in the first place. Wink, wink...
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.
A health care bill passed by three House committees allows Medicare to reimburse doctors for voluntary counseling sessions about end-of-life decisions. But critics have claimed the provision could lead to death panels and euthanasia for seniors.
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