It will be interesting to see if the right wingers that are running around talking about "death panels" are going to punish Congressmen Paul Ryan and Tom Petri for voting for the very same thing in 2003. That's right folks! Remember the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act that was pushed by George W. Bush and passed with massive support from Congressional Republicans? Well, it turns out that it also had funding for the same kind of end of life counseling that has the right wing whipped into a frenzy today. It even has identical language with the only difference being that the current language expands the funding beyond just people that are already terminally ill. Here is the 2003 language in question:
The covered services are: evaluating the beneficiary's need for pain and symptom management, including the individual's need for hospice care; counseling the beneficiary with respect to end-of-life issues and care options, and advising the beneficiary regarding advanced care planning.
How did Wisconsin Republicans vote on that 2003 legislation? Both Paul Ryan and Tom Petri joined 205 Republican colleagues in the House to pass that massive bill, "death panels" and all. So exactly when can I expect these right wing conspiracy theorists to shout down Paul Ryan and Tom Petri at one of their forums this month? Are they equally going to cheer Democratic representatives that voted against it? Does this at all change the views of so-called "pro-lifers" regarding George W. Bush who signed this legislation into law? Naturally these questions are rhetorical as I don't expect to ever get an honest answer from the right wing nuts, at least not an intellectually honest one.