Isn't this special?
The Senate Finance Committee will drop a controversial provision on consultations for end-of-life care from its proposed healthcare bill, its top Republican member said Thursday.
The committee, which has worked on putting together a bipartisan healthcare reform bill, will drop the controversial provision after it was derided by conservatives as "death panels" to encourage euthanasia.
"On the Finance Committee, we are working very hard to avoid unintended consequences by methodically working through the complexities of all of these issues and policy options," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement. "We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly."
So Max Baucus has ceded policy making not only over to Chuck Grassley, but to Sarah Palin, because only in their minds was the end-of-life consulations (note, Hill reporter, NOT end-of-life care, but end of life counselling)controversial. Or euthenasia.
Where's the White House on that one?