Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Ah they are so good. Limbaugh in lock step with the euthanasia lie!

Media Matters also notes a number of other media references to euthanasia, at the bottom of the page, that you shouldn't miss.


More Euthanasia Senselessness.

Virginai Foxx (R-NC) just said, Republicans' health care reform legislation, unlike that of the Democrats, would not put seniors "to death."

They've gone all out! Euthanasia all the way. Oh I hope it backfires.


TPMs Roth Takes Politico To Task.

For not, um, doing their job. He debunks the euthanasia scare that Republicans are perpetuating.


Reich says health care close to over.

But he does offer some ways that Universal health care can yet be saved.


Maybe, as with Terri Schiavo, R's are Overreaching?

According to the level comments on this absurd blog, there's a chance that all this euthanasia scare is going to fall flat. As with Terri Schiavo, when the Republicans tried to step in to prevent the removal of feeding and hydration tubes in the midst of a media mess, the American public balked. It's been said to be the beginning of the end of the Bush administration.

Could the Republicans be again overreaching with accusations of euthanasia? Does the public really think that asking Americans to think about end of life decisions is governmental coercion of euthanasia?


Euthanasia Chaos Continues.

Oh this is rich! NY State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D, Chair NY State Aging Committee) wrote Waxman a letter saying item 1233 in the health care bill gives him the willies because, as he says, it encourages old folks to consider euthanasia. What a tool.

Oh and he offers to testify in a congressional hearing or to suggest others who would be qualified to serve.

Diaz is one of the "Gang of Three" who connived to get one of themselves voted Senate Majority leader and another Chair of the Finance Committee back in November. He is basically a Republican with a D behind his name, opposing same sex marriage, abortion and on down the pro-life platorm. "Abortion is the American Holocaust," he has said. Real authority, uh-huh.


Fear Mongering the Elderly.

I said months ago that perhaps euthanasia would be the end of health care reform. No one believed me. Today I'm closer to being right.

On Friday, Boehner, House Minority Leader issued a statement calling item 1233 in the bill a move toward state mandated euthanasia. The same day, Michael Steele, RNC Chairman, said that Obama's plan would "Make Terri Schiavo look like a walk in the park."

The Republicans are pulling out the big guns to kill health care reform. And they turned out to not be abortion?! Euthanasia is the great bogeyman, with it's connotations of Holocaust and what we do to stray dogs. Be very afraid. Even more so than race, end of life issues are impossible for us to discuss as a society. Here's some news from around the web:

John Brummet at the Arkansas News thinks the spin put on the health care bill's inclusion of end-of-life provisions is causing more panic among the elderly than it's worth - which means the republicans fear-mongering, at least in Arkansas, is working.

He opts for cutting that provision out of the bill. I say rubbish. No one wants to talk about women's health/abortion/contraception either (see my prior post). Does that mean we throw the wellbeing of women out of the bill too?

And other euthanasia-mongering:

Will Proposal Promote Euthanasia?, Politico

Fox News Scaring Elderly, CrooksandLiars

Bob Unruh at WorldNetDaily gets stupid about how Obama wants to cut your grandma's life short.

GOP Leaders: Preserve Pain, Oppose Dignity for the Dying? by Jeffrey Weiss

Deadly Doctors, New York Post


Women and Health Care Reform

Lucinda Marshall at Feminist Peace Network has an informative and astute piece up about how reform may negatively effect women, thus institutionalizing greater access challenges for reproductive and health services.