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 legislation contained funding for the same kind of end of life counseling that so many conservatives are now calling “death squads.” What’s more, the language in the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act circa 2003 is nearly identical to the language in the current health care reform legislation (H.R. 3200), with some minor differences.
Both Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Petri voted in favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act and the “death panels” that bill would have set up, so I can’t help but wonder when those same folks who are now caterwauling about the supposed “death panels” H.R. 3200 would institute are going to start attacking Rep. Petri and Rep. Ryan for supporting essentially the same thing back in 2003. My guess is we won’t hear of any conservatives attacking Rep. Petri and Rep. Ryan, because that’d mean exposing their dirty little secret.