WASHINGTON – Key senators are excluding a provision on end-of-life care from health overhaul legislation after language in a House bill caused a furor.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.
A health care bill passed by three House committees allows Medicare to reimburse doctors for voluntary counseling sessions about end-of-life decisions. But critics have claimed the provision could lead to death panels and euthanasia for seniors.
The Left ain’t happy. The Daily Kos laments the loss of leadership with this:
So Max Baucus has ceded policy making not only over to Chuck Grassley, but to Sarah Palin, because only in their minds was the end-of-life consulations (note, Hill reporter, NOT end-of-life care, but end of life counselling)controversial. Or euthenasia.
Where’s the White House on that one?