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Friday, August 14, 2009

Stop Validating Their Insane Mumblings

I had been away from news and blogs for the better part of the past 48 hours, enjoying some time with and old college friend and DJing in Louisville, so I missed this bombshell.

Apparently, the mythical "death panel" portion of the healthcare reform bill has been dropped. Considering that it never existed in the first place, what was actually dropped was a common practice for any and all healthcare providers.

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.

"On the Finance Committee, we are working very hard to avoid unintended consequences by methodically working through the complexities of all of these issues and policy options," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement. "We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly."

More from The Hill.

If there is one thing that "partisanship" is going to do to healthcare is completely ruin any chance for real change and real reform that benefits everyone.

There is nothing worse than validating the insane machinations of people like Sarah Palin, Fox"News", and seething conservative talk radio hosts like Limbaugh. It only serves to give them a sense that they are gaining the upper hand. Much in the same way as that a parent may try to placate an unruly child by offering them a compensation if they promise to behave, and then stand back and not notice the child completely taking advantage of them, removing the very reasonable and normal practice of "end-of-life" counciling is just going to be the start.

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