Thursday, July 23, 2009

Saving Our Senior Citizens

Just when we thought that the plan to socialize healthcare couldn't get any worse, today we read that the version of President Obama's universal health care plan pending in the U.S. House would require "end-of-life" counseling for senior citizens. At issue is section 1233 of the legislative proposal that deals with a government requirement for an "Advance Care Planning Consultation."

Betsy McCaughey, the former New York state officer, told former president candidate Fred Thompson during an interview on his radio program the "consultation" is no more or less than an attempt to convince seniors to die.

"One of the most shocking things is page 425, where the Congress would make it mandatory absolutely that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session," she said. "They will tell [them] how to end their life sooner."

The proposal specifically calls for the consultation to recommend "palliative care and hospice" for seniors in their mandatory counseling sessions. Palliative care and hospice generally focus only on pain relief until death.

We've said it before, but we're saying it again: Call, write, and/or e-mail every elected official you can and demand that this quest for socialized be stopped. Evidently it's up to us to protect the elderly from this insidious piece of legislation.

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