Tuesday, August 25, 2009

GOP chairman weighs in on health care for seniors

Michael S. Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has an op-ed in the Monday Aug. 24, 2009 Washington Post, “Protecting Our Seniors: GOP Principles for Health Care”. His language recalls the Gingrich “Contract with America” in 1995. He comes down hard on the idea that Medicare or any evolution of it with health reform would ration health care or interfere with end-of-life decisions, which he portrays as private matters.

Nevertheless, the support of family members is obviously important in some cases when physicians contemplate risky or expensive procedures where purely medical prognosis is not good. That would surely affect what services get reimbursed by any program. Medical technology allows a lot more “choice” today than it did in the past (where “natural life spans” were more or less accepted as normal), presenting ethical quandaries for patients, doctors and family members.

The link for the story is here.

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