Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sounds reasonable to me

On Meet the Press this morning:
MR. GREGORY: “Pull the plug on grandma.” That’s not part of this debate. It’s not in the bill, Senator.

SEN. DASCHLE: Well, David, it’s hyperbolic, it’s fearmongering, it’s actually politics at its worst. That’s the kind of thing that generates the kind of anger and fear and anxiety that people have today. You know, it’s, it’s amazing to me that a very good idea, one I’m sure that maybe even all of us agree with, that there ought to be some consultation, some opportunity to talk about these things outside of that moment when you’re at your most emotionally vulnerable state in life. And, and, you know, the amazing thing is—and Johnny Isakson, a, a member of the, the Health Committee, actually offered as a mandatory requirement that there be this mandatory counseling. He—as it turns out, it, it was, it—they, they persuaded him to offer it as a voluntary measure. But that voluntary counseling is something that we ought to be encouraging, not discouraging.

MR. GREGORY: And in fact, Senator Coburn, the prescription drug bill that the Republican Congress passed back in 2003 had a similar provision, did it not?

SEN. COBURN: I don’t know. I wasn’t in Congress in 2003, so I’m not familiar with that.

The only comment I'll make is that Coburn does a have a seat on the Senate Commitment responsible for health care legislation.

Update: Henry Blodget, of all people, provides a common sense take on the issue.

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