stovepipemike wrote:What scares me is the speed and urgency that has been created over this Health Care Bill. You might think we were on a wartime footing or something. I do not think that the elected individuals fully understand it themselves,hundreds and hundreds of pages coupled with a "ram it thru" approach cannot be equitable to the electorate.That my friend is bad decision making.We need to slow down,cool off and have a year or so to let the provisions of this see the light of day,and not the gloom of the secret dealings office. My $.02 [and we all know what $.02 is worth these days].
How much more time do you need. Remember that the Clinton Administration tried to pass health care reform, how long ago was that? 8? 10? years ago? That was killed off by the insurance companies then using fear tactics although, not quite so blatant.
Oh and as for good 'ol Fred Thompson: It might help to point out that in 2003, under G.W. Bush, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a report recommending Advance Care Planning, with detailed guidelines for practitioners. Nobody called that euthanasia.
Advance Care Planning is legal in almost every state; the bill in question merely allows health care providers to be paid by Medicare for counseling patients on this matter, should the patient request this service - it would not be mandatory.