Alexander Calls End-of-Life Provisions a Danger

Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander says it’s dangerous to write laws dealing with end of life decisions.

A line in the health care overhaul bill currently moving through the House of Representatives -quote- “makes end of life care consultations eligible for Medicare reimbursement.” Many in the GOP interpret that provision as putting critical decisions into the hands of government.

Senator Alexander says legislation shouldn’t touch on the subject at all.

“Almost every doctor I know has these sort of discussions with families and with patients as part of an ongoing relationship. For the government to get involved in this at all is risky business and fraught with misunderstanding and a bad idea.”

Alexander says the nation’s health care system does need some degree of reform, but he’d rather see Congress take it on piece by piece rather than with the sort of comprehensive measure promoted by Democratic leaders.

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