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AARP Responds to Health Reform Scare Tactics
Date:8/3/2009

Caughey's position as a Director of a medical device producer, I would hope that any potential conflict of interest has not influenced her commentary.

"More concerning, Ms. McCaughey's criticism misinterprets legislation that would actually help empower individuals and doctors to make their own choices on end-of-life care.

"This measure would allow Medicare to pay doctors for taking the time to talk with individuals about difficult end-of-life care decisions. It would help provide people with better information on the positives and negatives -- both physical and financial -- that different treatments can mean for them and their families.

"Facing a terminal disease or debilitating accident, some people will choose to take every possible life-saving measure in the hopes that treatment or even a cure will allow them more time with their families. Others will decide that additional treatment would impose too great a burden -- emotional, physical and otherwise -- on themselves and their families, declining extraordinary measures and instead choosing care to manage their discomfort. Either way, it should be their choice.

"This measure would not only help people make the best decisions for themselves, but also better ensure that their wishes are followed.

"To suggest otherwise is a gross, and even cruel, distortion -- especially for any family that has been forced to make the difficult decisions on care for loved ones approaching the end of their lives.

"AARP is committed to improving the quality, effectiveness, and affordability of health care for our 2.6 million members in New York State and our 40 million members and their families nationwide. We will fight any measure that would prevent individuals and their doctors from making their own health care decisions. We will also fight the campaign of misinformation that vested interests are using to try to
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