HR 3200: Contains Death Panels?

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[h]Does HR 3200 contain "death panel" mandates?[/h]

There is heavy debate whether or not HR 3200 contains policies that include federal "death panels" where a group of government officials decide whether a life-saving procedure can be given to a person under care in this program.

This is a sub-debate of the overall proposed HR 3200 bill.

Here is an excerpt from Section 1233 of HR 3200:

(A) IN GENERAL- For purposes of reporting data on quality measures for covered professional services furnished during 2011 and any subsequent year, to the extent that measures are available, the Secretary shall include quality measures on end of life care and advanced care planning that have been adopted or endorsed by a consensus-based organization, if appropriate. Such measures shall measure both the creation of and adherence to orders for life-sustaining treatment.

(B) PROPOSED SET OF MEASURES- The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register proposed quality measures on end of life care and advanced care planning that the Secretary determines are described in subparagraph (A) and would be appropriate for eligible professionals to use to submit data to the Secretary. The Secretary shall provide for a period of public comment on such set of measures before finalizing such proposed measures.


The Senate Finance Committee decided to remove "end of life" language from its version of the health care package because of all of the controversy surrounding death panels. The "end of life" provision is still in the House version, H.R. 3200.[5]

[h]Related Debates[/h]
[a url=http://deb8.us/mFDcUp]HR 3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act (2009)[/a]

Arguments For

[h]Yes, HR 3200 contains "death panel" mandates.[/h]

Section 1233 (beginning on Page 424) in H.R. 3200 deals with end-of-life committees and "counseling."[5]

Key Supporters

Sarah Palin has stated that the "death panel" bureaucracy can step in and prevent medical care to a sick person who has a doctor ready to treat them.[1] Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich agrees this is the case.[2] Glenn Beck also believes this is the case.[4]

Arguments Against

[h]No, HR 3200 does not contain "death panel" mandates.[/h]

The text of the bill says that it will extend payments to Medicare recipients who seek end-of-life counseling, not a "death panel" mandate.[6]

Key Detractors

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) changed his mind on the existence of "death panels" in the bill, and now says the bill does not contain such measures.[3]

[h]A look at Sentiment (Not Proof)[/h]

30 percent of Americans overall say health care reform will create "death panels."[7]
47 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Fox News viewers agree.[7]
20 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of MSNBC viewers agree.[7]


 1  [a url=http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/08/11/denial_of_care/]"The "death panels" are already here"[/a] Aug 11, 2009 Madden, Mike (www.salon.com)
 2  [a url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/09/gingrich-defends-palins-o_n_254926.html]"Gingrich Defends Palin's Obama "Death Panel" Claim"[/a] Aug 9, 2009 Stein, Sam (www.huffingtonpost.com)
 3  [a url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/23/grassley-reverses-course_n_266432.html]"Grassley Reverses Course: No Death Panels In Bill"[/a] Aug 23, 2009 Stein, Sam (www.huffingtonpost.com)
 4  [a url=http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/08/10/fox-host-pushes-false-death-panel-claim/]"Accused of lying about health care, Fox host lies about health care"[/a] Aug 10, 2009 Edwards, David (rawstory.com)
 5  [a url=http://rightsidenews.com/200908306235/editorial/entire-health-care-bill-hr-3200-is-the-death-panel.html]"Entire Health Care Bill, H.R. 3200 Is THE Death Panel"[/a] Aug 30, 2009 Lafferty, Andrea (rightsidenews.com)
 6  [a url=http://www.pensitoreview.com/2009/08/12/read-the-bill-complete-text-so-called-death-panel-provision/]"Read the Bill: Complete Text of Section of House Bill with Purported Death Panel Provision"[/a] Aug 12, 2009 Ponder, Jon (www.pensitoreview.com)
 7  [a url=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/21/inside-the-beltway-68484451/?feat=article_top10_read&page=3]"Voight: Is Obama creating a civil war in America?"[/a] Aug 21, 2009 Harper, Jennifer (www.washingtontimes.com)

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Adherence to orders for life-sustaining treatment? Shouldn't doctors and freedom loving individuals be making this decision, not the Secretary? Hmm... - thorie (twitter) 0

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