Jul 29, 2009
GOP claims government to hire G. Reaper to go visit every American when they reach age 65
The fear-mongering from Republicans on the proposed federal health care reform bill is out of control, and they now have a new talking point: assisted suicide for the elderly.
Republicans are latching on to a provision in the bill that allows an option for elderly patients who want to learn more about living wills, health care proxies and other forms of end-of-life planning to make the outrageous claim that it would mandate end-of-life counseling. Some, like U.S. Rep. Thad “Mad Thad” McCotter, R-Livonia, - known for his inflammatory and false rhetoric against Democrats – is making the ridiculous claim that the government will engage in and encourage assisted suicide.
They are pushing the nutty rumor that when a person reaches Medicare age, they will be visited by a government worker to ask them how they want to die. Unbelievable; health care reform is really a plan to kill old people? It wasn’t clear if the government employee would be required to carry a scythe.
The Rachel Maddow Show aired audio sound bites on some of these outrageous claims by Republicans, and McCotter was featured talking on a rightwing radio show bringing up the specter of Dr. Death, Jack Kevorkian.
Republican members of Congress have actually been pushing this outrageous lie from the House floor. We have heard comparisons to Hitler, Mao and now Dr. Death.
How far will they go to protect record profits for insurance companies? All I know is we haven’t got there yet.