One troubling provision of the House bill compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care (House bill, p. 425-430). The sessions cover highly sensitive matters such as whether to receive antibiotics and "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration."So, free American citizens will be required to submit to "counseling" from the government on how it's their time to die? 'You know, you should really consider asking not to be cared for if you have another stroke. I mean, think of the relief to your family of not having to care for you...'
But it's OK, because it will "reduce costs." Which savings, of course, the Senate is spending today!
Shockingly, only a portion of the money accumulated from slashing senior benefits and raising taxes goes to pay for covering the uninsured. The Senate bill allocates huge sums to "community transformation grants," home visits for expectant families, services for migrant workers -- and the creation of dozens of new government councils, programs and advisory boards slipped into the last 500 pages.It's time to educate the government on its proper relationship to a free people. They can keep this nonsense, every last paragraph of it.