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Date:12/27/2009

ons: "many physicians and hospitals may rebel -- petitioning Congress to change the law or just resigning themselves to...accepting penalties." Dr. Blumenthal's article corrects Robertson, who insisted incorrectly that nothing in the stimulus legislation indicated "the government is going to tell your doctor what to do."

Robertson is wrong again on what HR 3200 said about end-of-life counseling. She claims the bill "merely called for Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling sessions." If this were the case, it could have been accomplished with a line or at most a paragraph. Instead, the end-of-life section went on for six pages and was highly prescriptive, detailing what doctors "shall" discuss. That should be left to the doctor and patient. Medicare billing codes already permit doctors to bill for time spent counseling patients and families.

Robertson fails to mention the penalties against doctors for non-compliance. "Quality" measures of a doctor's performance would be determined in part by the percentage of patients who created living wills, and the percentage of those documents that were adhered to.

Fortunately, members of the House heard the concerns expressed by me and countless Americans, and removed these alarming requirements before voting on the health bill. FactCheck.org should rely on more qualified analysts than Ms. Robertson to critique lawmakers and policy experts.

SOURCE Defend Your Healthcare


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