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Republicans to pull the plug on seniors?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009   9:27 am | Author: freethinker | Health/Medical, Politics/Government |
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This week’s Newsweek has an article by Jacob Weisberg that makes some excellent points related to who is actually driving seniors to make life ending decisions.

 

And the answer is the Republicans.

 

Remember all the “death panel” hysteria from the Republicans. All lies except there is some truth to it when you look at what measures Republicans backed in previous years.

 

Chuck Grassley, who ran around his town hall meetings stating that the plans the Democrats have put forth will “pull the plug on grandma” was the architect of part of the Estate Tax cut that was passed in 2001. Under this provision beginning on January 1, 2010 the estate tax will drop to zero for estates of any size until December 31, 2010. On January 1, 2011 the estate tax will be reinstated and at the top rate the government will receive 55% of any estate values over $1 million.

 

Sounds like a big incentive to keep grandma alive until January of next year and make sure that she doesn’t survive past December of 2010. Of course this assumes that she needs medical care to stay alive. According to Weisberg’s article there is proof that these types of incentives play a large part in end of life decisions. An article Dying to Save Taxes reviewed this exact scenario and actual results.

 

Weisberg also points to other Republican positions that negatively impact seniors. No funding for stem cell research, defeat of clean air legislation and more.

 

According to Weisberg the writer Jodie T. Allen explained the GOP’s pro death policy positions as “faced with an unpalatable choice between cutting benefits and raising taxes to pay for the growing costs of entitlement programs, Republicans gravitated toward a third alternative—restraining growth in life expectancy. “

 

It is September and the Congress will be back and the Republican noise on health care reform will become even more shrill.

 

The Newsweek article is here

 

 

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