Friday, August 28, 2009

Continuing the search for civil discourse on health reform

Another week, another series of town meetings on health reform.

The Center for Practical Bioethics continues to speak out for civil discourse on health reform, with the aim to provide information, help people gain understanding and find common ground.

Here's Center activity for the week of August 24-28:

End of Life Scare Take II

Podcast: 13 minutes 45 seconds

John Carney
VP for Aging and End of Life
Center for Practical Bioethics
August 28, 2009

There is confusing language about advance care planning in the US House version of healthcare form. But it is not inaccurate … and actually protects the interests of the elderly and disabled.

That’s according to John Carney, a vice president at the Center for Practical Bioethics. He talks about it in this edition of The Bioethics Channel.

Don’t give up on advance care planning
Testimony – Myra Christopher
Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS)
August 27, 2009

It is our hope that when you and your colleagues return to Washington in the next few days that you will not succumb to the political pressures to withdraw the advance care planning provisions of the pending legislation.

Health Care Forum
Hosted by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
Leawood, KS
August 25, 2009

This forum featured a panel discussion including Myra Christopher, president and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics, and Sam Turner, president and CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center and a member of the Center’s board of directors.

The elderly and disabled would be protected
John Carney
Kansas City Star
August 23, 2009

The language of the measure could have been more clearly crafted, but it’s not erroneous. It actually protects the interests of the disabled and elderly, rather than jeopardizing them. It’s not dangerous, just poorly worded.

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Blogger Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

I certainly agree that not all of the discourse on health reform has been civil. While the 'Town Hallers' have been more strident in their performances, the political left have used deception and slight of hand. The 'death panel' claims were over the top. Liberals were obfuscating and changing their positions weekly. Most of us do not believe their pronouncements that the moribund public option was not designed to suffocate the private carriers. It was not designed to compete, but to overtake. Despite these excesses, the political process is working as the public's rising skepticism is moving the reform effort back to the political center. If it survives, most stakeholders will be dissatisfied with some portion of it. Most physicians like me oppose Obamacare for personal and philosophical reasons.

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