This is a video of a Patients First rally in Pueblo, Colorado:
Patients First is a project of Americans for Prosperity–one of the key conservative interests groups helping to organize the town hall protests we’ve been covering. The speaker repeats the debunked conservative canard that Democratic health care reform will mandate physician assisted suicide. “Adolf Hitler issued six million end of life orders–he called his program the final solution. I kind of wonder what we’re going to call ours.”
And after comparing Democratic health care reform efforts to the murderous regimes of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, the speaker advises his audience to “go to offices of members of Congress and put the fear of god in them.”
By the way, the infamous Page 429 that the speaker talks about doesn’t say what he claims it does:
[The Section] merely amends Title 18 of the Social Security Act to stipulate that Medicare will pay for — not mandate — “advance care planning consultations” between individuals and physicians every five years, during which a spectrum of end-of-life options can be explained and discussed so said individuals can knowledgeably choose their own treatment preferences in advance
And, the “end of life order” that he talks about is defined in the bill as follows:
“(5)(A) For purposes of this section, the term ‘order regarding life sustaining treatment’ means, with respect to an individual, an actionable medical order relating to the treatment of that individual that—
“(i) is signed and dated by a physician (as defined in subsection (r)(1)) or another health care professional (as specified by the Secretary and who is acting within the scope of the professional’s authority under State law in signing such an order, including a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) and is in a form that permits it to stay with the individual and be followed by health care professionals and providers across the continuum of care;
(ii) effectively communicates the individual’s preferences regarding life sustaining treatment, including an indication of the treatment and care desired by the individual;
“(iii) is uniquely identifiable and standardized within a given locality, region, or State (as identified by the Secretary); and
“(iv) may incorporate any advance directive (as defined in section 1866(f)(3)) if executed by the individual.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I oppose this bill and I don’t see any reason to federalize the law of Advance Medical Directives, but it’s eminently clear that this bill does not even come close to mandating euthanasia for the elderly and anyone who implies otherwise is, quite honestly, lying.