Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Health Care Bill - #2515 - GOP Could Force Vote on Death Panels - TPM

Republicans could turn the cooked-up controversy over end-of-life counseling into a "Death Panel" vote next year. If they fully embrace their new strategy, outlined here, Republicans could cherry pick politically-charged executive branch regulations and put vulnerable Democrats, particularly in the Senate, in a bind: vote for regulations that are unpopular with their constituents; or rebuke President Obama as he attempts to govern from the White House. One of those regulations -- scheduled to take effect January 1 -- would achieve the Obama administration's goal of encouraging end-of-life planning. It works by paying Medicare doctors for counseling patients with terminal illness on their medical options -- including advance directives compelling doctors and families to forgo certain medical interventions like feeding tubes, IV fluids or respirators.  Read more.........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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