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Palin's 'death panel' comment is correct

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I am writing in response to the Tribune Editorial dated Sunday, Aug. 16. To begin with I would like to say I'm proud to be an American. I have a love of God, family, and country. I would also describe myself as a Republican but I will vote for the person based on his or her integrity whether a Republican or Democrat, whomever expresses my political views and values as closely as possible.

As far as the current bill H.R. 3200 Health Care Reform that is being introduced in Congress and opposed by Sarah Palin as well as Americans like myself, Mrs. Palin was correct in calling part of the bill a death panel. The following is a shortened version of a small portion of the bill dealing with the death panel. They are as follows:

Sec. 1233, pg. 425, lines 4-12 -- Government mandates Advance (Death) Care Planning consultation. Think Senior Citizens and end of life. End-of-life Counseling. Some in the administration have already discussed rationing health care for the elderly. Sec. 1233, pg. 425, lines 17-19 -- Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills and durable powers of attorney. Mandatory end-of-life planning!

Sec. 1233, pg. 425-426, lines 22-25, 1-3 -- Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death. Sec. 1233, pg. 427, lines 15-24 -- Government mandates program for orders for life-sustaining treatment (i.e. end of life). The government has a say in how your life ends.

Sec. 1233, pg. 429, lines 1-9 -- An "advanced care planning consult" will be used as patient's health deteriorates. Sec. 1233, pg. 429, lines 10-12 -- "Advanced Care Consultation" may include an order for end-of-life plans -- from the government.

Sec. 1233, pg., 429, lines 13-25 -- The government will specify which Doctors (professional authority under state law includes Nurse Practitioners or Physician's Assistants) can write an end-of-life order. And last, Sec. 1233, pg. 430, lines 11-15 -- The government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life, according to preset methods (not individually decided).

Former Governor Palin's description is pretty darn accurate to me. All of this information is easily found on the Internet. Two sites of many are afa.net and HeritageFoundation.org.

I am very concerned that we are fast losing our rights and freedoms in this nation, one being freedom of speech. At present we have a hate crimes bill being presented that would effectively silence all conservative talk shows as well as Fox Media. The result would be keeping the general public in the dark about governmental affairs dealing with our lives. Our elected officials could pass bills without any opposition at all -- like this piece of legislation.

It's amazing to me to see that we've allowed one-sided media outlets such as NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and others to present to us a belief that their opinions are correct while an opposing view from Fox News and others is deemed to be a lie on the same issue. A case in point is the Health Care Reform Bill that some are trying to ram down the American people's throats. If Fox News and conservative talk shows didn't blow the whistle on this bill, we would be stuck with a mess and still could be. But thanks to them, this bill was seen for what it is and people are very much up in arms.

As we know, this bill has not even been read by many of our Congressmen. And as you can see, the Death Panel portion is only a small part of the bill. This bill is by far the greatest intrusion on average American people that I've ever seen. I'm sorry to say that we are rapidly becoming a nation that calls evil good and good evil. We need to regain our moral compass and our compassion to serve one another, from the top down, for the good of all Americans.

It is truly unfortunate that we have let the media cover up lies and indiscretions of some of our public officials. In essence we have become a society that is media driven and therefore as citizens, we don't dig deep enough to really find out what the truth is on issues. Both political parties have learned to play on our emotions, using the media to the point that either party can get what they want because "We the People" won't take a little time and look further into issues.

The way our system was designed was to have checks and balances to maintain our American way of life and thinking. This is why we elect our Congressmen and Senators. These people are supposed to represent us, as well as honor the constitution and keep our way of life. By trying to push something like National Health Care Reform upon the American people, without even taking the time to read the bill, much less debate it, is simply appalling to me. If it is health care reform that we want, then why not start with what we have and improve on it? Why do I want more government involvement in my life?

There are many failed government systems already in place, such as the Postal Service, Social Security and Medicare, to name a few. I say enough is enough. If we are looking for reform, one of the easiest ways is Tort Reform, which puts a cap on the amount that can be awarded in lawsuits. Currently, on average, malpractice insurance for doctors is around $100,000 a year, even before their wages. If these doctors had to carry less than half that amount of insurance you can imagine how many Americans that aren't currently insured could be covered.

It's interesting to note that most of the Democratic Congressmen and Senators, as well as some of the Republicans, are not required to take this government Health Care. They are exempt -- in other words, they get preferential treatment.

If this reform is so good and necessary for Americans, then why in the world are they not required to be underneath the same plan?

Finally, my hope is that everyone will take the time to get the facts and let your elected officials know how you feel on this issue.

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