04 August 2009

Betsy McCaughey just can't stop lying

Gah.  On the heels of her thoroughly dishonest op-ed, Betsy McCaughey went on -- where else? -- right wing talk radio to take the sanitized innuendos from the staid Wall Street Journal and amp them up a bit for the base:

McCaughey claims end-of-life counseling will be required for Medicare patients
On the radio show of former Sen. Fred Thompson on July 16, 2009, McCaughey said "Congress would make it mandatory — absolutely require — that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner."

She said those sessions would help the elderly learn how to "decline nutrition, how to decline being hydrated, how to go in to hospice care ... all to do what's in society's best interest or in your family's best interest and cut your life short."
This, of course, is entirely false.  As the St Petersburg Times points out, the bill simply requires that Medicare will pay for end-of-life counseling.  It does not require that such counseling sessions must occur, nor does it contain any language or provision which would require doctors to counsel patients to end their lives "sooner."  All of this is only in the vivid imagination of McCaughey.  It's pure make-believe.

Which didn't prevent the useful untruth from getting picked up in the Right Wing Echo Chamber:
On his July 21 show, Rush Limbaugh said the following: "Mandatory counseling for all seniors at a minimum of every five years, more often if the seasoned citizen is sick or in a nursing home."
(Among multiple other outlets.)  Of course, those jackbooted thugs over at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization support the provision, so you know they've sold out to Big Government!

I wonder what new lie McCaughey is gonna come up with next -- this one is gonna be tough to top.

1 comment:

  1. You miss the whole point! Why is end of life the business of the government? Why are they talking, thinking, writing about it if they are not up to no good. Think and do not be a fool!


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