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‘End of Life’ in Health Care Proposal May be Dropped

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Senators may drop the "end of life" provision tucked in the House's health care reform bill being hotly debated, according to The Wall Street Journal. The provision stipulates that "planning consultations" should take place between senior citizens on Medicare and their physician at least every five years.

Opponents say the provision shows that architects of the health-care overhaul want to ration seniors' care. Democratic lawmakers say no part of the House bill calls for rationing care. Physician counseling would be voluntary.

But growing complaints over the provision are leading key lawmakers to conclude that the health overhaul should leave out any end-of-life counseling provisions. A group in the Senate Finance Committee that is attempting to craft Congress's only bipartisan health bill has decided to exclude such a measure, Senate aides said this week.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made comments on her Facebook page on August 7 criticizing the bill:

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