Recently Representative Mark Souder hopped off the deep end by suggesting that a part of one of the health care reform bills would steer seniors to commit suicide.  The section to which he was referring was the advanced directive provision section that would provide an opportunity for citizens to learn about and plan for end-of-life situations.

Well, wouldn’t ya know it – the City has scheduled one of those end-of-life seminars to be held Monday, August 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Omni Room of the City-County building.

Topics to be covered – hold on to your hats here – will include estate planning, Medicaid rules, living wills, aging in place with a focus on personal pre-planning, and government services and funeral planning.

I bet the City personnel who scheduled this seminar are shaking in their boots now that Souder deems these types of activities as steering our senior population to suicide.  Interesting how Souder has neglected to discuss these end-of-life seminars and conferences as encouraging senior suicide.  Or attorney-client consultations which do the same thing.

Do you just suppose he is desperate and needed a fear tactic to support his opposition to health care reform?  How does this guy keep getting elected?


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Norma says:

    Fear tactics are when pain meds are reduced, rationed, or cut off, and then you get the visit.

  2. Marymary says:

    Norma: What are you talking about? Specifics please.

  3. Andy says:

    @Charlotte –

    Thanks for the heads up on this. Sounds like one of those dreaded Obama “death panels” Sarah Palin warned us all about.

  4. mark says:

    Yet more proof that government will expand purely for the sake of expanding.

  5. Mark:

    I disagree. The consulation services are much-needed, and many elderly don’t have the funds to pay an attorney $200 an hour.

    My main point is that it is humerous to see Mark Souder jumping up and down about this now when it has been a service by agencies and other entities for some time.

    I didn’t hear him espousing that the City is steering our seniors toward suicide.

  6. Iceironman says:

    Palin wins, end of life taken out. And for you conspiracy people, yes, I believe in 20 years that eugenics and premature death could be a result of govt takeover of healthcare. Crazy, not really when you consider 5 judges have said that abortion falls under privacy, is it that crazy to think govt and judges may think your life is not worth it?? Already happening in Europe and Canada.

    When will you guys admit this is nothing more than a socialism/communist movement? It isnt about healthcare. Obamas Green czar, communist. Obamas friends and comrades, communists. Rahm Emanuals brother, eugenics supporter. Obamas Environmental gal, communist.

    I think it is also nice that Pelosi said she loved “disruptors” 3 years ago, now they are unAmerican. Again, wake up.
    The earliest start of socialism in this country realized socialism would not be accepted, it was called liberalism, that began to wear so we changed it to Progressive. Charlotte has called herself two of the three, now she just needs to realize what movement she is supporting.

  7. Ice:

    Palin hasn’t won anything. The more I see of the storm trooper tactics of the health care reform opponents – excuse me – health insurance reform opponents, the more I am leaning toward supporting the reform because it is causing me to research and learn the true facts instead of the lies and deceitful information being bandied about by the opponents. The opponents don’t want to have an open, honest debate – they simply want to yell and scream loud enough to stop any dialogue.

    The proponents of reform held a rally with speakers last Saturday at the Courthouse. The opponents just couldn’t stand it, so they yelled and screamed and drove around the block honking horns so loudly that the speakers could barely be heard.

    You have to remember, there are 5 bills out there, so if the advanced care consultations have been taken out, it may be from only one bill.

    By the way, here is Palin’s declaration in favor of advance directives and end-of-life planning:

    Healthcare Decisions Day

    WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. WHEREAS, in Alaska, Alaska Statute 13.52 provides the specifics of the advance directives law and offers a model form for patient use.

    WHEREAS, it is estimated that only about 20 percent of people in Alaska have executed an advance directive. Moreover, it is estimated that less than 50 percent of severely or terminally ill patients have an advance directive.

    WHEREAS, it is likely that a significant reason for these low percentages is that there is both a lack of knowledge and considerable confusion in the public about Advance Directives.

    WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives, as well as to encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with advance directives.

    WHEREAS, the Foundation for End of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and executing advance directives.

    WHEREAS, as a result of April 16, 2008, being recognized as Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, more citizens will have conversations about their healthcare decisions; more citizens will execute advance directives to make their wishes known; and fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2008, as: Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

    Dated: April 16, 2008

    Honest to pete, how can you still support this woman? What hypocrisy. As governor of Alaska she actually declares a “Healthcare Decisions Day” in Alaska, but now she opposes it? Palin pushing the suicide button? Isn’t that the government – albeit that of a state – pushing end-of-life health care decisions? Government is government. Looks like Palin has tripped herself up again.

  8. Iceironman says:

    It is not manditory for each citizen to sit down and get FREE advice for care. With the Obama plan it is manditory.

    Since you have started reading the bill, do you agree after change of employment, we will be on the govt plan.

    I would hope that you could see the connection between govt chosing things for us. The same govt that says guns rights are nowhere to be found in the constitution, but abortion is. The same govt that finds that raising its tax base is ground for taking private property, one of if not the highest form of freedom in this country.

    You can read this bill all you want as I have, my issue is that what I read may be different than what you read, who wins here? The courts!!!!!!!

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