Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sarah Palin sees seniors standing before "death panels" with new healthcare plans

I have been watching the news about the back and forth that is being tossed about over the health care bill and what everyone thinks about what is on it and what is not on it and... The grrrrr point for me was when the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, reportedly stood up and said that that if the bill passes then seniors were going to be pushed into standing before "death panels".

Now, I know we have a lot of baby boomers here that are headed for their own old age pretty soon, but give me a break people. At least READ the bill before you paint the pictures.

This "death panel" is a part in the bill that allows someone to have the visit paid for if they make an appointment to see their doctor to discuss end of life and living wills and stuff. We are not talking about "OMG they're killing the elderly!" we are talking about the seniors having the ability to talk to their doctor about how much of an effort is to be made to save them. If they are to be placed on life support or prefer not to be kept alive via machines, or what to do if they fall into a long term coma... these are things someone has to talk to their doctor about, and the bill is listing that as one of the legitimate reasons to see their doctor that would be covered by the new plan.

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