I recently received a message on twitter from a liberal claiming that end of life counseling was actually a republican initiative. I sent him a message asking him to cite his sources for this information but have yet to hear from him. I have also searched the internet to try to get some information on his claim. I would like to have a discussion on this topic. If anyone out there has an option substantiated by facts on this topic please post your comments here. I would love to hear from you.
UPDATE: Well, I actually did get a reply back from the twitter who suggested that end of life counseling was actually a republican initiative. The link he provided was for a press release for Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia on heath care. This press release and statement was released from his office on November 4, 2005. I was anxious to see if indeed Senator Isakson had indeed proposed making end of life counseling mandatory for seniors every 5 years like the democrats’ proposal in house resolution 3200.
This press release actually stated nothing even remotely close to making end of life counseling a requirement by law. It actually stated the following:
Isakson said the Terri Schiavo case is a wake-up call to how important it is to sort out end-of-life decisions I believe it is every person’s right and responsibility to make sure their loved ones are prepared to make decisions on their behalf by discussing and documenting their wishes,” he said. “It is my sincere hope that all Georgians will join me in following the lead of the Georgia General Assembly’s Resolution and make their final wishes known.
This statement merely encourages loved ones to be prepared to make decisions on their loved ones behalf in the event that they are incapable of doing so themselves due to a medical emergency. This press release was centered around the controversial Terri Shiavo case. Senator Isakson was merely making a statement reiterating the importance of sorting out end-of-life decisions. He was NOT arguing that end-of-life counseling should be mandatory every 5 years and be giving by some random government assigned doctor or counselor.
If anyone would like to send me a link to some facts proving that government mandated end-of-life counseling is actually a Republican initiative I would appreciate it.