ACTION ALERT from HALO

DANGEROUS FEDERAL HOSPICE BILL MUST BE DEFEATED!

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) – HR 647 and S 2080 – would extend palliative care provided by hospice to non-dying patients, use our federal tax dollars to fund medical education for this purpose, and fund the “selling” of palliative care to the public. Hospice, a palliative care program, is plagued by Medicare fraud and poor quality care leading to serious harm and deaths.

The Senate bill, S 2080, has this proposed amendment: "ADDITIONAL CLARIFICATION.—As used in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act), palliative care and hospice shall not be furnished for the purpose of causing, or the purpose of assisting in causing, a patient’s death, for any reason." This amendment has no teeth—no provisions to ensure enforcement. This language will not stop the “stealth euthanasia”[1] deaths occurring in many hospice and palliative care settings. The federal government should be concerned about identifying dangerous palliative and hospice care, not promoting it.

The Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO) supports life-affirming palliative and hospice care that provides comfort and pain control, but we oppose government funding of education programs that will very likely be run by proponents of medical killing.

RED FLAGS:

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

HR 647 now has 255 co-sponsors, more than enough for it to pass the House. Therefore, our best chance to defeat this legislation is to keep it in the Senate committee. Before the end of August, it is crucial that you email the staffers of the Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, registering your opposition to S 2080. Also email the staffers of the pro-life sponsors of S 2080, requesting that they withdraw their sponsorship. Their contact information is provided here.

“Opposing PCHETA Talking Points” are available here. When emailing the Senators’ staffers, you may wish to use one or several of these talking points to argue against the bill.

It is particularly important to contact Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the HELP Committee, and your own Senator, asking them to oppose S 2080.

We sincerely thank you in advance for taking action to defeat the PCHETA, which if passed will endanger the lives of many more vulnerable patients. – HALO


[1] “Stealth euthanasia” means the intentional hastening of a patient’s death while pretending to provide appropriate treatment. A typical report HALO receives from grieving family members is that their loved one, who had been alert and was not complaining of pain, was administered increasingly frequent and larger doses of pain medications and sedatives to the point where they were sleeping all the time and could not eat or drink. Some reported that patients were also denied their usual medications to control blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

[2] In 2004, Last Acts Partnership—whose roots trace back 66 years to the Euthanasia Society of America—ceases operations. Its assets and some of its personnel go to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “There is no further need for "Euthanasia Society of America" (or its successors) as the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization has now been fully infiltrated by the euthanasia industry and is carrying on its work.”
https://www.hospicepatients.org/euthanasia-soc-of-america-to-natl-hosp-and-palliative-care-org.pdf

SENATORS TO CONTACT REGARDING YOUR REASONS FOR OPPOSING THE PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACT (2019) H.R. 647, S. 2080 (116TH CONGRESS)

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee Majority Members

Lamar Alexander, Chairman

202-224-4944

State: TN

Pro-Life: Yes

Mike Braun

202-224-4814

State: IN

Pro-Life: Yes

Richard Burr

202-224-3154

State: NC

Pro-Life: Yes

Bill Cassidy

202-224-5824

State: LA

Pro-Life: Yes

Susan M. Collins (Chair of Senate Aging Committee)/Sponsor of S. 2080

202-224-2523

State: ME

Pro-Life: No

Michael B. Enzi (Chairman, Primary Health and…Subcommittee)

202-224-3424

State: WY

Pro-Life: Yes

Johnny Isakson

202-224-3643

State: GA

Pro-Life: Yes

Lisa Murkowski

202-224-6665

State: AK

Pro-Life: No

Rand Paul

202-223-4343

State: KY

Pro-Life: Yes

Pat Roberts

202-224-4774

State: KS

Pro-Life: Yes

Mitt Romney

202-224-5251

State: UT

Pro-Life: Yes

Tim Scott

202-224-6121

State: SC

Pro-Life: Yes

NOTE: Minority Members of this Committee who sponsor S.2080

Tammy Baldwin (the bill’s author)
Margaret Wood Hassan

PRO-LIFE SPONSORS OF S. 2080, 116TH CONGRESS

John Barrasso (orthopedic surgeon/wants gov. out of health care)

202-224-6441

State: WY

Marsha Blackburn

202-224-3344

State: TN

John Boozman (supported PCHETA last time)

202-224-4843

State: AR

Shelley Moore Capito (co-sponsor/parents had dementia)

202-224-6472

State: WV

Kevin Cramer (new/has very pro-life staffer Ben Bergstrom)

202-224-2043

State: ND

Deb Fischer (supported last time)

202-224-6551

State: NE

John Hoeven (supported last time)

202-224-2551

State: ND

Cindy Hyde-Smith (supported last time)

202-224-5054

State: MS

Martha McSally (new)

202-224-2235

State: AZ

Jerry Moran (supported last time)

202-224- 6521

State: KS

James E. Risch (supported last time)

202-224-2752

State: ID

Roger F. Wicker (supported last time)

202-224-6253

State: MS