From Greg Sargent:
Multiple Republican Leaders Voted In 2003 For Measure Similar To Current “Government Euthanasia” Bill
GOP officials John Boehner, Thaddeus McCotter, Johnny Isakson, and Chuck Grassley all voted in 2003 for a measure very similar to the one in the current House health care bill they now suggest in various ways could lead to government-encouraged euthanasia.
As Time’s Amy Sullivan reported late last night, Grassley voted for the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, which — ready? — provided coverage for “counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.”
Fun postscript: GOP Rep. John Mica of Florida voted for the 2003 bill — and last week he denounced the current House measure for creating Medicare-funded “death counselors.”
So all those conservatives–who have been in utter hysterics over proposals they say would lead to government-sponsored euthanasia and “death councils”–actually voted for a nearly-identical provision just 6 years ago.
So conservatives had no problem with these proposals back when they controlled Congress and a Republican was in the White House. In other words, all of this “death council” nonsense is nothing more than hollow, craven right-wing demagoguery designed to kill health care reform, just like nearly everything the right has done since Congress started writing this piece of legislation.
Then again, consider the source–one of the early backers of this myth was none other than Sarah Palin, the quitbull with lipstick, who also flip-flopped on end-of-life counseling.
You want to see a real death panel? Look into the boardroom of any major health insurance corporation–22,000 Americans die every year due to inadequate health care coverage, which is about 22,000 more people than end-of-life counseling would kill.
UPDATE: This is problematic:
Senate Democrats have given a seat at the bargaining table to a senator who first endorsed the “death panel” canard and is now going around hawking copies of Glenn Beck books.