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In the last days of her life, Annabel Kitzhaber had a decision to make: she could be the tissue-skinned woman in the hospital with the tubes and the needles, the meds and smells and the squawk of television. Or she could go home and finish the love story with the man she’d been married to for 65 years. ... At age 88, with a weak heart, and tests that showed she most likely had cancer, Annabel chose to go home, walking away from the medical-industrial complex. ... She died at home, four months after the decision, surrounded by those she loved. Her husband died eight months later.

Kitzhaber lived the absurdities of the present system. Medicare would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for endless hospital procedures and tests but would not pay $18 an hour for a non-hospice care giver to come into Annabel’s home and help her through her final days.

The health care debate got hijacked over the summer by shouters and misinformation specialists. ...
He was appalled when Sarah Palin and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa started stoking fears of nonexistent death panels. At last, public officials were talking about death — but only to scare the elderly and win political points. ... More sensible voices have since joined the debate, asking how we reform a system that lavishes most of its benefits on a cure for the “disease” of aging. President Obama has talked about squeezing billions of waste, fraud and abuse from Medicare. But he has yet to admit the obvious: those savings can only come from changing the way the system treats dying people."The Way We Die Now", By Timothy Egan, New York Times, September 23, 2009


The political debate has been poisoned by birthers, deathers and wackos who smile proudly while carrying signs comparing the president to the Nazis. People who don’t even know that Medicare is a government program have been trying to instruct us on the best ways to reform health care.


There is no end to the craziness. The entire Republican Party has decided that it is in favor of absolutely nothing. The president’s stimulus package? No way. Health care reform? Forget about it.

[Bob Herbert, Sept 7, 2009, New York Times]


Obama and AARP Correct the Death Panel falsehood.     Living Wills also in Medicare

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 FOX Glen Beck Health Care Hypocrisy                    Euthanasia - Johnathan Alder

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Death Book - More FOX Scary Disinformation.          Pulling the plug on Grandmother & Veteran Scare

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Terry Scheivo Reverse Exploit                               Deathers in Congress - Georgia Rep Paul Brown

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