At least one major print outlet has noticed the right-wing fear campaign that targets seniors on Medicare, Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors – Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as ‘Death Care’
A campaign on conservative talk radio, fueled by President Obama’s calls to control exorbitant medical bills, has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life “rationing” and even “euthanasia.”
The controversy stems from a proposal to pay physicians who counsel elderly or terminally ill patients about what medical interventions they would prefer near the end of life and how to prepare instructions such as living wills. Under the plan, Medicare would reimburse doctors for one session every five years to confer with a patient about his or her wishes and how to ensure those preferences are followed. The counseling sessions would be voluntary.
But on right-leaning radio programs, religious e-mail lists and Internet blogs, the proposal has been described as “guiding you in how to die,” “an ORDER from the Government to end your life,” promoting “death care” and, in the words of antiabortion leader Randall Terry, an attempt to “kill Granny.”
[ ]…In the past two weeks, AARP has fielded a few thousand calls from people who mistakenly think the legislation would require every Medicare recipient to “choose how they want to die,” said James Dau, a spokesman for the organization.
Though he is “willing to give the benefit of the doubt” to some who may be confused, Dau complained that the effort to “intentionally distort” the proposal “is just plain cruel to anyone who is forced to make one of these difficult decisions at the end of life.”
The American Medical Association, which supports the provision, has received similar inquiries and protests from patients who fear doctors will begin denying care late in life.
“These are important discussions everyone should have when they are healthy and not entering a hospital, so they are fully informed and can make their wishes known,” said association President J. James Rohack. “That’s not controversial; it’s plain, old-fashioned patient-centered care.”
Who knows maybe the broadcast media might decide to actually do its job and address this “cruel” and baseless attack on health-care reform. That the rabid Right is resorting to these type of shrill conspiratorial attacks is a sign that Democrats and the president are making progress. Remember in the 2004 election cycle Dick Cheney was threatening the entire country with certain death if we didn’t vote for Bush. Ironically Bush and Cheney both ignored the facts about al-Queda, dismissing warnings of the imminent possibility of an attack. Now that health-care reform is on the table, the same Republican politicians and pundits are yelling listen to them, they’re the ones to trust.
Do You Think People In Ohio And Missouri Want Health Care Reform? Ask A Repug And A Blue Dog – In which we get a look at the broken down shoddy excuses for Congressional representation Blue Dog Dem Zack Space (OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO).
Blunt is one of the House members who has benefited most from the legalized bribes given to “cooperative” members of Congress by the Medical-Industrial Complex. He’s taken $1,660,898 from them and another $556,682 from Big Insurance. He expects them to pick up a major part of the tab for his Senate election bid next year….
[ ]…• 210 residents of Missouri are losing health insurance every day, and 14,000 Americans nationwide lose insurance daily.
• The average family premium in Missouri costs $400 more because our system fails to cover everyone– and $1,100 more nationally.
• Our broken health insurance system will cost the Missouri economy as much as $3.7 billion this year in productivity losses due to the uninsured– and up to $248 billion nationally.
And Space is a Democrat in name only,
By the way, as long as we’re talking about health care and Mr. Space, his district is one of the poorest in Ohio. (The medium income in Ohio is $40,956 but in OH-18 it’s only $34,462.) The Center For American Progress took a look at the need for health care reform across Ohio; the need is even greater in Space’s district but here’s what they found for the whole state:
• 390 residents of Ohio are losing health insurance every day, and 14,000 Americans nationwide lose insurance daily.
• The average family premium in Ohio costs $1,000 more because our system fails to cover everyone– and $1,100 more nationally.
• Our broken health insurance system will cost the Ohio economy as much as $7.1 billion this year in productivity losses due to the uninsured– and up to $248 billion nationally.
• A typical Ohio family will pay $21,623 for health coverage in 2019 without health care reform.
It’s generally healthy for a political party not to be so ideologically rigid (Republicans 1968-2009+) so as to not have tough debates on the issues, but Space is not acting in good faith and certainly is not looking out for residents of Ohio.