Senate Cmte Drops ‘End of Life’ Provision from Senate Health Care Bill

Vulcher File Photo (Credit: Pavel Tcholakov)

Vulcher File Photo (Credit: Pavel Tcholakov)

I saw last night Sibby mentioned a Hill report that the Senate Finance Committee was dropping the controversial “end of life” counseling provision from the Senate version of the heath care bill.

The Senate Finance Committee will drop a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from its proposed healthcare bill, its top Republican member said Thursday.

The committee, which has worked on putting together a bipartisan healthcare reform bill, will drop the controversial provision after it was derided by conservatives as “death panels” to encourage euthanasia.

It seems they were concerned it might be “misinterpreted” or “implemented incorrectly.”  I think a lot of people shared those concerns, which is why there was so much outrage over this (and many, many other provisions).  Knowing how frail and uncertain our existence here on earth can be, many people are rightly concerned that they may find themselves on the losing end of a decision of a heartless government board of bureaucrats.

When one considers the radical, anti-life mindset behind the people pushing this health care debacle,  it’s no wonder people are concerned.  The people charged with creating this bill and their associates have a very cold, calculating way of looking at human life.  Their mindset sees human life not as unique, with inherent value, created in the image of God, but in antiseptic terms of parts in the machine of society.

The House version, HR 3200, has received a lot of heat for Section 1233 calling for death counseling for senior citizens every five years, or more frequently depending on circumstances.

Everyone should make provision for their estate in the event of their death, young and old alike, because we never know when it may be our time to pass into the next life.

But most Americans are smart enough to figure this out on their own.  My parents are simple farm folk, and they took care of such things many years ago, with frequent updates as their health and other factors in their lives change.  They didn’t need a government bureaucrat to think for them, hold their hand or tell them what to do; they didn’t even need a government-instructed doctor to do it for them.

The way our own government treats people like morons is highly offensive to responsible Americans.  These elitists in Washington act as if the American people were too stupid to think of anything on their own, figure anything out on their own, or even do anything on their own.  Perhaps some liberal pansies enjoy being treated like 5-year-olds, but most Americans do not.

Keep in mind, folks, that even if this stays out of the Senate version of the bill, it’s still in the House version, and could be re-inserted in a reconciliation committee later on.  Stay vigilant.

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