Obama: "We're Not Going To Pull The Plug On Grandma!"

President Barack Obama is seeking to put to rest claims that the health care overhaul he seeks would set up "death panels" to rule on life-sustaining care for ailing seniors.

It would not, and Obama stressed the point during a town hall
meeting Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H.

Obama explained that the provision that has caused the uproar would only authorize Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care, living wills, hospice care and other issues, if the patient wants it. It would not, "basically pull the plug on grandma because we decided that it's too expensive to let her live anymore," as Obama put it.

The president said lawmakers "very sensibly thought this was
something that would expand people's options."

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  • by Beth Location: Ayden on Aug 19, 2009 at 01:56 AM
    Obama will pull the plug on ANYONE he thinks is getting in his way to destroy the USA.
  • by RobH Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 09:32 PM
    Let me settle this for all you guys pointing out which side lied. If it's a politician and their lips are moving...they are lieing. End of discussion!
  • by Ray Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    OSOC-I never said Section 1233 wasn't in the bill-it just didn't say what Palin and other conservatives were purporting. Do you agree? Section 1233 has not been removed from the House bill, and the health care bill has not been suspended. Where are you getting your information from? And John, yes, what Obama said was not true. However, the White House came out and admitted his error. Do you see the difference between that and Palin's actions of deliberately lying to the American public, even after her statements were proven untrue? And, if you read the entire exchange between Bob and myself, you would see the context in which my statement of "attacking conservatives" comes from. Taking it out of context seems as though you're trying to point out a hypocrisy on my part-which isn't there.
  • by John Location: Mount Olive on Aug 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Ray; Last week Obama stated on National TV during one of his townhalls that "AARP was on his side with the healthacre plan he was trying to sell". However the next day; AARP made a statement that was not true. Do you call Obama a liar? Yes or no?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washingotn on Aug 18, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    Well Ray, the part of the bill you said wasn't in there, got removed, now the bill is being suspended until the new Co Op Bill is set. Yep, about those lies and hypocrisy. There a a lot of posters here that are there just to spread them. I suggest you watch Fox news to get exposure to the facts, the locals are failing to report anything. You know, that liberal media that isn't doing their jobs.
  • by Ray Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    John-I certainly do. Lies and hypocrisy in government and the media should be exposed, and it's our job as citizens to stay vigilant. Why do you ask?
  • by John Location: Mount Olive on Aug 18, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    To Ray; you said: "So, yeah, I'm going to attack conservatives who are liars,". Does that mean you are going to attack liberals who are liars also?
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 18, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    Barlow, I will have to say this; although you and I rarely agree, you are sensible in the message that you deliver and that is comendable. I know you agree with Obama based on what his platform is and you do so with research and facts. Whether or not I believe the facts provided by Obama is another issue. You know very well that I am anti-Obama (am not pro-republican either-lean to Libertarian if anything-so you know I am miserable right now!)but you have been respectful and courteous with your support of Obama, unlike Lavon who thinks the moon rises and sets just because he is a black president. I thank you for your sensible input and if I have uttered a single comment that has offended YOU personally (not a comment about Obama but about YOU)then I humbly apologize and look forward to future debate with you on these issues. Unlike Lavon, you have actually done some thinking on these subjects, so I thank you for coming here with actual data and not just a "he da man!" like Lavon!
  • by Susan Location: Kinston on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    Obama can say what he wants to say-he's the President of the US-why ain't his opponents that smart?-Because they're too busy worrying about what he's doing that they can't accomplish anything in their own sorry lives.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 15, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    So where does Obama's mother in law that stays there in the White house with the Obama clan get her medical care? Are U.S. taxpayers having to pay for it? Is she treated by the same doctors that are assigned to take care of Obama.If so, then this welfare handout is a total crock of bovine feces.

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