posted on May, 29 2010 @ 04:15 AM
Myth Health care reform provides for euthanasia, "death panel"
REALITY: Advance care planning is not mandatory in the House health care bill. Section 1233 of America's Affordable Health Choices Act
of 2009 -- which includes "Page 425" -- amends the Social Security Act to ensure that advance care planning will be covered if a patient requests it
from a qualified care provider [America's Affordable Health Choices Act, Sec. 1233]. According to an analysis of the bill produced by the three
relevant House committees, the section "[p]rovides coverage for consultation between enrollees and practitioners to discuss orders for
life-sustaining treatment. Instructs CMS to modify 'Medicare & You' handbook to incorporate information on end-of-life planning resources and to
incorporate measures on advance care planning into the physician's quality reporting initiative."
PolitiFact: McCaughey's claim that seniors would be encouraged to end their lives "is an outright distortion." "McCaughey incorrectly
states that the bill would require Medicare patients to have these counseling sessions and she is suggesting that the government is somehow trying to
interfere with a very personal decision. And her claim that the sessions would 'tell [seniors] how to end their life sooner' is an outright
distortion. Rather, the sessions are an option for elderly patients who want to learn more about living wills, health care proxies and other forms of
end-of-life planning. McCaughey isn't just wrong, she's spreading a ridiculous falsehood." [PolitiFact.com, 7/23/09]
CLAIM: Health care reform would establish a "death panel."
REALITY: "Death panel" claims have been conclusively discredited. In one of more than 40 media reports debunking claims of euthanasia and
"death panels," PolitiFact wrote: "We've looked at the inflammatory claims that the health care bill encourages euthanasia. It doesn't. There's
certainly no 'death board' that determines the worthiness of individuals to receive care. ... [Palin] said that the Democratic plan will ration care
and 'my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a
subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care.' Palin's statement sounds more like a
science fiction movie (Soylent Green, anyone?) than part of an actual bill before Congress. We rate her statement Pants on Fire!