On the former Sen. Fred Thompson's radio show on July 16th, 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."In reality, what page 425 says is clarified by AARP (which has some sort of vested interest in retired persons):
In no way would these sessions be designed to encourage patients to end their lives, said Jim Dau, national spokeman for AARP, a group that represents people over 50 that has lobbied in support of the advanced planning provision.As Rachel Maddow states, it's not just the fringe and the crazies sending around emails with this nonsense, it's the GOP as well. Yes, for example, as shown below, Rep. Virginia Foxx of NC says that the GOP plan is better because it "will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."
McCaughey's comments are "not just wrong, they are cruel," said Dau. "We want to make sure people are making the right decision. If some one wants to take every life-saving measure, that's their call. Others will decide it's not worth going through this trauma just for themselves and their families, and that's their decision, too."
Both Keyserling and Dau were particularly troubled that McCaughey insisted — three times, to be exact — that the sessions would be mandatory, which they are not.
For his part, Keyserling said he and outside counsel read the language carefully to make sure that was not the case.
"Neither of us can come to the conclusion that it's mandatory." he said. "This new consultation is just like all in Medicare: it's voluntary."
"The only thing mandatory is that Medicare will have to pay for the counseling," said Dau.
Some other lies: that a Canadian health care system would limit your choice. Canadians can see any doctor they want. Here's what's really limiting your choice: insurance companies. They decide who gets what treatment and from whom (e.g., your network), all based on not what's best, but the bottom line.
Watch the lunacy: