Hospice Patients Alliance Gathers Candidates’ Views on Assisted Suicide

Candidates for U.S. House and Senate give views on end-of-life care and assisted suicide to Hospice Patients Alliance, a nonprofit organization protecting the medical care of the terminally ill, elderly and handicapped

by Jane St Clair
Author of Walk Me to Midnight

The New York Times Hurt Our Feelings

Hospice Patients Alliance sent out a survey to every candidate for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, asking them how they would preserve appropriate medical care for the elderly and terminally ill. How will you do it once the new health care legislation goes into effect and you cut $500 billion from Medicare? The survey results are posted below.

We thought this was a reasonable question.  Sunday’s New York Times took a different spin in a story called “Ads Use Medicare Cuts As Rallying Point.” (It’s a news story even though it may read like opinion)

Here are excerpts from that story:

Ads Use Medicare Cuts As Rallying Point, Sunday New York Times, Oct. 31, 2010

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

WASHINGTON — The backdrops differ — a cactus for Arizona, some lovely fall leaves for Pennsylvania — but the message, delivered by a series of nervous-looking older Americans, is uniform: Democratic Congressional candidates voted for billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare (or, if they were not in office, would have) and let their constituents down.

The health care overhaul does seek to slow the growth of Medicare by more than $500 billion over the next decade.  … But the way in which those cuts will be felt by the roughly 46 million Americans covered by the program does not quite align with the dark implications of the ads.

… Invoking the prospect of Medicare cuts has been an important and often effective technique used by Republicans and their allies, even though Republicans and many conservative groups are otherwise making smaller government and reduced federal spending central themes of their campaigns.

Of the cuts the new health care law seeks from Medicare, about 40 percent would come from reducing the growth in Medicare payments to hospitals and providers other than doctors.

An additional 25 percent would be made through reductions in payments to Medicare managed-care plans, which have been growing rapidly and increasing costs to the program at a higher rate than the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program used by about 75 percent of recipients.

Those managed-care plans, known as Medicare Advantage, are run by health insurance companies, rather than the government, and were created with the goal of saving money while creating more choice and expanding the role of the private sector.  ….
This story in the New York Times hurts our feelings at Hospice Patients Alliance, first of all, because not all of us are Republicans or conservatives. We are people who volunteer for an organization that supports excellence in medical care of the terminally ill and elderly.

The Times story also bothers us because it defies common sense.  Say the government is paying $5 a month for your dry cleaning bills, and now they announce that they are cutting that to $2 a month.  The government says this cut will not affect your dry cleaning services.  That doesn’t make any sense — of course it will. Your dry cleaner can’t stay in business unless he changes the way he operates to make up for lower payment.

Of course you feel differently about your medical care than your dry cleaning.  Do you really want to stiff your medical providers and hospitals?  When your doctor is standing there scrubbed up and with scalpel in hand, do you really want to haggle his price? Or cut corners (no pun intended)?

So … Same question …. How are you going to preserve appropriate care to the elderly and terminally ill after you cut Medicare by $500 billion?

SURVEY ON CANDIDATES’ VIEWS

ON ASSISTED SUICIDE, AND END OF LIFE CARE

Hospice Patient Alliance sent surveys to every candidate for US Senate and House of Representatives, asking about physician-assisted suicide and how they would protect the medical care of the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill once the new healthcare program is in place. The language in that law needs to move from neutral to anti-euthanasia to better protect these vulnerable groups.

Here’s the HPA survey and the replies from candidates.

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE SURVEY
SENT TO CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that protects the medical care of the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance is getting involved in this election cycle because we are receiving more calls and emails than ever about abuses in patient care. We have already learned that indigent cancer patients in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal, have received letters that they no longer “qualify” for chemotherapy but can choose doctor-assisted suicides, paid for by the state, in lieu of medical care.

We are asking candidates for Congress to go on record on issues relating to the care of the elderly and terminally ill. We do not want people, because of their age or condition, to be denied second opinions, correct diagnosing procedures, and proper conventional medical protocol and treatment.

We want to stop the practice of “termination sedation” in which patients receive so much medication that they become unable to make their wishes known. We want you to take a stand against both passive and forced euthanasia of the elderly and the terminally ill, as well as the legalization of assisted suicide.

We want to know:

1. Do you support physician-assisted suicide?

2. How do you plan to protect the elderly if health care is to be financed through cuts in Medicare? Do you favor restricting access to health care for the elderly that they presently enjoy?

3. Would you vote to change the current health care law to better protect terminally ill patients and the elderly? How do you plan to protect them?

We are contacting newspapers, television, radio and other news outlets with our concerns and will keep them informed of candidates’ views.

Thank you for your interest in this matter, and we look forward to your reply so that we can forward your views to the appropriate people in the media.

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
http://www.hospicepatients.org/
Ron Panzer, president
Jane St. Clair, Vickie Travis, Lisa Brenner and Joanne Lestone,
HPA Board Members

CALIFORNIA

GOP Candidate for 6th District, California

Gives views on assisted suicide, end-of-life care

Jim Judd, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 6th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he believes it is the family’s responsibility to care for their elderly and terminally ill members.

“I believe in the family’s role at end of life for a family member, and that the burden and comfort is the entire family’s responsibility. This is the case in our family and we’ve shared our experience with others,” he said. “As a member of Congress, I would be an advocate for one’s life taking a natural course to life’s end, and would protect that God-given right for the patient unless the individual made prior arraignments(some states allow for assisted suicide).”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

GOP Candidate for 43rd District, California
Takes stand against assisted suicide

Scott Folkens, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 43rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide.

Folkens, a former staff sergeant in the Air Force, has been active in pro-life activities as board chairman of the San Bernardino Pregnancy Resource Center, a group providing free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and maternity help to women in crisis pregnancies.

“We need to cut down waste and prosecute fraud to ensure that the elderly can have the same access to health care that they currently enjoy,” Folkens said.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC
www.hospicepatients.org

DELAWARE

SENATE CANDIDATE RASH SUPPORTS
ASSISTED SUICIDE, ENDING MEDICARE

When asked how he would protect the medical care of the elderly and terminally ill, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rash said he would phase out any federal involvement in health care, including the gradual elimination of Medicare.

”All health care should be unrestricted by the federal government, and I would hope to repeal the current health care law and every other federal-level law involving health care,” Rash said in answers to a questionnaire in answers from the Hospice Patients Alliance, a non-profit organization that protects the medical care of the elderly and terminally ill. “Health and long-term care insurance is a state issue.”

Rash, who is running on the Libertarian ticket, said he is in favor of physician-assisted suicide.

”Medicare is one of the greatest sources of federal spending. The federal government has no constitutional authority and, therefore, should never have gotten into the business of health care, ” he said. “An instantaneous halt to the Medicare program is not feasible nor would it be something I could support. However, over time (a few years, perhaps), the Medicare benefit needs to be transferred to the states or to the private market.”
Hospice Patients Alliance is sending surveys about protecting the medical care of the terminally ill and elderly to every candidate for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, and then reporting the results to their state media.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

IOWA

GOP Candidate for Iowa U.S. Rep, 9th District
Says she does not support legalizing assisted suicide

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Iowa’s 2nd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that she does not support physician-assisted suicide.

Dr. Miller-Meeks is a physician and current president of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology. In answers to the HPA questionnaire, she said, “Health care should not be financed by cuts in Medicare. There should be consumer-driven health care plans that can be financed with tax preferential treatment for individuals just like there is for corporations. I have solutions for health care while preserving Medicare.”

“Life is precious and should be protected,” Dr. Miller-Meeks said. “The problem comes about when another entity pays for healthcare services. I would work to preserve and protect the lives of all, including the elderly.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

FLORIDA

GOP Florida candidate for US House
Takes stand against assisted suicide

Joe Budd, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 19th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would protect senior citizens’ access to government health care by voting to repeal the new federal health care legislation.

Budd said that proposed cuts to Medicare needed to finance the new health care plan were “way too steep” and he would work to repeal the legislation.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

GOP Florida candidate for US House
Gives stand against assisted suicide

David Rivera, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 25th District, said he would work for better protections for terminally ill patients and their families under government health care programs, and that he “does not believe in physician-assisted suicide.”

Rivera answered a survey from the Hospice Patients Alliance, a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly.

When asked how he would protect senior citizens’ access to medical care if the new government health care plan is to be financed through cuts in Medicare spending, Rivera said, “Obamacare and the government takeover of healthcare will siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare. I will work to repeal the plan and work from scratch on a plan that protects all our citizens and improves health care for our seniors.”

Rivera said that he believes the current healthcare system is “broken and needs to be fixed. However, I do not support the recently approved government takeover of healthcare and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I will vote to repeal it. If elected to Congress, I will work to guarantee better protections for terminally ill patients and the elderly.”

Rivera is seeking to represent the 25th District, which includes Miami-Dade County. He has served in the Florida House of Representatives since 2002, and has been a liaison between the Florida state Republican Party and the Republican National Committee.

Rivera’s Democratic opponent, Joe Garcia, has not yet answered the HPA survey.
For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

HAWAII

HAWAII GOP SENATE CANDIDATE
AGAINST ASSISTED SUICIDE

Cam Cavasso, Republican candidate for U.S. Senator for Hawaii, has come out against physician-assisted suicide and in favor of protecting the medical care of the elderly and terminally ill.

Cavasso answered a questionnaire from Hospice Patients Alliance, a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly.

Cavasso told HPA that he would protect “protect elders’ right to all available avenues through public law and public awareness campaigns and by encouraging all to value life,” and that he would “fight any efforts to ration health care.”

Cavasso is a former three-term member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

His opponent, Democratic incumbent Daniel Inouye, has not yet answered the HPA survey.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

ILLINOIS

Candidate for Congress from Chicago
Supports Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Simon Ribeiro, a Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from District 9 in Illinois, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he supports physician-assisted suicide.

”We must have more access to healthcare for the elderly and make sure Medicare covers 100% of the cost!” Ribeiro said, noting that he would vote to change Medicare to provide even more benefits.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
Ron Panzer, President
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

Congressman Manzullo, GOP 16th District,
Opposes assisted suicide, cuts to Medicare

Congressman Don Manzullo, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 16th District of Illinois, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would protect senior citizens’ access to government health care by voting to repeal the new federal health care legislation.

“I would vote to repeal the current health care law and replace it with market-based solutions that are not financed by drastic cuts to Medicare that are not used to support and strengthen the program,” he said in answers to a survey.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

INDIANA

Indiana GOP Candidate for House says
He does not support assisted suicide

Marlin Stutzman, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 3rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and that he would work to “protect the obligations that have been promised to Medicare recipients. This is an important part of dealing with the Healthcare Bill. No citizens should lose access to healthcare and they should be able to keep the levels of coverage they have currently.”

”The current situation should not get worse for those that need to be protected,” Stutzman said. “Getting better options for their healthcare, insurance and Medicare coverage which will include getting the best from the private sector and mix with public sector solutions.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

KENTUCKY

Democrat candidate for Congress in Kentucky
Would change healthcare to single-payer system

Jim Holbert, a Democratic candidate for House of Representatives in Kentucky’s 5th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he supports a single-payer healthcare system in which physician-assisted suicide “would not be an individual’s only option under any circumstances.”

In answers to questions about providing access to medical care for the elderly and the terminally ill, Holbert said, “I favor single-payer health care which will be adequately financed through a payroll tax. I believe that both Social Security and Medicare must be protected and strengthened, and in Congress I’ll work to do just that. The Health Care Reform of 2010 is a step forward for our people, including the elderly. However, I intend to move forward in Congress toward single-payer health care which will be good for our people, our country, and our businesses.”

He said he did not personally believe in suicide.

“The voters of Oregon, however, have enacted physician-assisted suicide as an individual right,” Holbert said. “Provided the individual can make an informed decision on the issue, I don’t believe that choice should be federally legislated away.”
Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

Kentucky Senate candidate supports
Obama care and assisted suicide

Billy Ray Wilson, an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he supports physician-assisted suicides under limited circumstances.

”To take one’s life is unthinkable,” he said. “Before I would agree on assisted suicide, a psych exam must be completed, family consulted, and a number of other questions.”

”I believe President Obama’s Health Care Plan is right for the United States,” Wilson said.
When asked how he would protect the medical care of the elderly and terminally ill, Wilson said, ” There is too much fraud and abuse of all patients, not just the elderly in today’s health system,” and “no elderly person will be denied health care on my watch.”

Wilson said that he is a disabled, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who remembers when children took care of their dying parents.

”My mother’s mother died in our home,” he said. “So many deadbeat children today won’t spend a cent on their parents’ care and think healthcare for all is only the responsibility of the government.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

LOUISIANA

William Robert “Bob” Lang, Jr.
*CONSERVATIVE INDEPENDENT* for U.S. Senate

I am the elderly! 65 years old! I want the same care younger folks
get. Sunstein and Emmanuel are RADICALS of the first order. Bob Lang
Candidate for U S Senate from Louisiana.

MARYLAND

GOP Senate candidate from Maryland
Is a doctor opposed to assisted suicide

Dr. Eric Wargotz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide.

Dr. Wargotz, a physician, said he would “reverse the Medicare cuts through repeal or defunding of the new health care law,” and be in favor of “No restricting healthcare for the elderly.” He would vote for better protections for access to medical care for the elderly and terminally ill.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

MICHIGAN

GOP CANDIDATE FOR MICHIGAN’S 5TH DISTRICT
WOULD REPEAL OR DEFUND OBAMACARE

John Kupiec, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in 5th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would be in favor of repealing or defunding the current healthcare legislation.

“One of the main issues that I am running on is to stop the $500 billion in cuts to Medicare,” he said. “I believe that there are many other viable options to reduce the cost of healthcare besides Medicare cuts. I do not support restricting access to healthcare for the elderly.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Michigan Green Party candidate Caveny
Favors adapting California end-of-life law

Dr. Candace Caveny, Green Party candidate for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 10th District, believes that a law in effect in California that helps people make choices about their end-of-life care should be adapted in Michigan.

Dr. Caveny, a physician and former volunteer in hospices, replied to a questionnaire from Hospice Patients Alliance sent to candidates for U.S. Congress and Senate.

“I favor the California program POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) which has been in effect for at least one year,” she said. “California residents of any age, any condition (perfectly healthy or not) review their preferences with a California physician to create a document that must be accepted in any California hospital regardless of whether the physician signing the document is a staff member or not. Patients may choose minimal treatments, such as “fluids only” under certain conditions (remember that the Pope as a spiritual leader directed more than a decade ago, that “no extreme measures” are necessary).

Dr. Caverny noted that she is 71 yrs old myself and would like to have the opportunity to create a legal POLST document in Michigan.

“I do have concerns that without such documents, we currently find that the last two weeks of Medicare patients lives are the most expensive due to treatment in Intensive Care units which may not be the patients’ desire,” she said.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Candidate for Congress in District 3, Michigan

Says he does not support assisted suicide

James Rogers, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 3rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide.

“I would support legislation in cooperation with medical professionals and care advocates to create a minimum acceptable standard of care of all patients,” he said.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Candidate for Congress in District 3, Michigan

Says he does not support assisted suicide

Ted Gerrard, an independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 3rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide or the practice of “terminal sedation”. He believes one solution to the health care crisis would be to call on retired doctors to return to service as volunteers.

“I believe we must allow natural death and in that process, we must provide for the needs and comfort of those we love. To sedate to the point of unconsciousness should only be done for pain management and not for the convenience of the ‘caregiver,'” he said.

When asked how he would protect the medical care of the elderly and terminally ill, Gerrard said, ” I do not favor restricting Medicare to those in their final years, but the problem is money.  our country has spent itself to a point where tough decisions need to be made. Part of my plan is to reach out to retired doctors to provide input on how to reduce cost in this area while actually increasing patient care. They may also be asked to help in providing some care on a volunteer basis to help reduce cost in the short term.”

“I would support legislation in cooperation with medical professionals and care advocates to create a minimum acceptable standard of care of all patients,” he said.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

Libertarian candidate for 13th District, Michigan
In favor of legalization of assisted suicide

Heidi Peterson, a Libertarian candidate for Congress from the 13th District of Michigan, said she supports physician-assisted suicide with some restrictions.

Peterson answered a questionnaire about end-of-life health care issues from the Hospice Patients Alliance, a non-profit organization that that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill.

“I would suggest that you don’t have to sign a release to reject a doctor’s advice and you should not be liable if you want to make your own health care decisions,” she said. “They should not take testimony from over-medicated people or people not in their right minds… Any kind of
duress or mental inability — then it is not good to accept the request for assisted suicide. They also need to make sure not to medicate people and to put them on those drugs that are addictive.”

Hospice Patients Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Michigan Candidate for U.S. House
Would end Obamacare through courts

Les Townsend, a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and believes that “Medicare funding problems can be fixed without raising taxes or cutting benefits.”

Townsend said that a newly elected Congress in 2011 may not have the votes to repeal Obamacare.

“Obamacare is blatantly unconstitutional and should be rendered void by the federal courts,” he said in answers to the HPA questionnaire. “Congress can issue instructions to the federal courts which will result in the court declaring Obamacare to be unconstitutional. This power is provided by Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The use of a constitutional regulation is needed be because there is already a Supreme Court case which will be used as a precedent to avoid declaring this law unconstitutional.”

Townsend said more details are in his book, “A Call for Action”.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

Michigan Green Party candidate Corsetti
In favor of legalization of assisted suicide

George Corsetti, Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, told the Hospice Patients Alliance that he supports assisted suicide, but did not answer other questions on their survey form.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

MISSOURI

Missouri candidate for U.S. House says
Patients should decide medical choices

Robyn Hamlin, a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri’s 1st District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that she supports physician-assisted suicide “only in very rare instances.”

”Terminally ill patients should have more of a say in their care,” she said. “Allowing the government to decide what is best for their pocket book is not always the best for the patient. I will advocate and push for greater individual control and repealing centralized control.”

”The care of the elderly should not be restricted,” Hamlin said. “It is currently restricted too much and the new rules in the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
www.hospicepatients.org

NEVADA

Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, Nevada
Says no assisted suicides because they’re illegal

Jesse Holland, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide because it is against the law.

“Assisted suicide is not legal and since we are a land of laws, the law is our basis,” he said in answers to a HPA questionnaire. “I do not and will not step above the law and enact personal laws against the people. If we do like the laws, we can legally alter them from the people up, as law prescribes. Until then, we must be subject to constitutional laws written by the people and for the people.”

He said if elected, “he would voice the will of the state of Nevada. Expressions of beliefs and opinions are free to all, however, my function as U.S. Senator would be to forward the opinion of the state of Nevada. People are our government.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

Hospice Patient Alliance

NEW YORK

Physician/candidate for U.S. House
Opposes doctor-assisted suicide

Dr. James Milano, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 5th New York District, Queens, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would vote to repeal the new federal health care legislation.

Dr. Milano, a medical doctor, told the HPA that he would vote to “repeal or defund” Obamacare, and that he is “against rationing and any committee or process that is essentially functioning as a death panel.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

Joe DiGuardi -Republican for U.S. Senate, New York

Thank you for reaching out to Joe’s campaign. Answers to the specific questions such as those that you asked will come out during the debates and we believe Joe will prove to be the clear choice for US Senate.

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NORTH CAROLINA

GOP Candidate for House promises
To better protect terminally ill

Bill Randall, Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 13th U.S. Congressional District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would protect senior citizens’ access to government health care by voting to repeal the new federal health care legislation.

Randall said that his mother passed away in February in a nursing home after she had been evacuated from her home during Hurricane Katrina. As her power of attorney, Randall had to make all decisions relating to her healthcare, and this experience became a “backdrop” to his answers to the HPA questionnaire.

”I would also work to better educate family members of the importance of a ‘living will,’ the issuance of comfort medication for pain, as well as instructions for ‘Do Not Resuscitate,’” he said. “Bottom line: These issues are best handled by loving and caring family members.”

He said he would work to protect the medical care of the elderly and the terminally ill by sponsoring legislation “to protect them based on current guidance on the books, as well as conduct information-seeking hearings that call upon sage advice from organizations such as yours (Hospice Patients Alliance), health care professionals, and family advocacy groups. After giving due consideration to the findings and recommendations, craft legislation that ‘does the right thing.’”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.
For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

Candidate for Congress from North Carolina
Would support protections for terminally ill

Lon Cecil, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 12th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide but terminal sedation should be an option in end-of-life care.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

Cecil said he could not support physician-assisted suicide because “physicians do not have the training to correctly handle voluntary life termination. Statistically, they do an expensive job of it in the normal course of medical treatment, using misdiagnosis and drug errors. It should be handled by a trained cadre of people that can recognize when it is appropriate to the patient’s wishes, and no one else. Physicians should be able to prescribe suitable drugs to the patient upon request, if the patient wishes to terminate from the pain of many terminal illnesses and untreatable medical conditions, however. Anyone that absolutely blocks termination has never considered the option of living with a RV fistula and aggressive cancers!”

“Present law can be used to protect the elderly and terminally ill patients from abuse, but it takes management oversight and a willingness to prosecute offenders,” he said. “Doctors that over-sedate and over-medicate, nurses that mis-medicate, aides that physically hit or use poor handling methods, and even care managers that hire untrained and unscreened staff and ignore complaints are a serious threat to elderly patients. This does not require new laws, but compassionate enforcement by local prosecutors. NC passed a law to prohibit burning a dog, but we already have that law on the books for humans! One protection for terminally ill (DNR) patients is to simply review their medical progression and avoid any unnecessary surgeries, for example. These patients are not ATMs for the hospitals and surgeons! … The main factors to enhance over that time is quality of life and patient desires.”

Cecil added that “I support repeal of the 2009 healthcare bills and passing new legislation that is restricted only to providing a modest national healthcare package to those citizens that desire to purchase with non-government funding on an annual basis.”

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

OHIO

Green Party candidate in Ohio’s District One

Supports assisted suicide, single-payer system

Rich Stevenson, Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the First District of Ohio, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does supports physician-assisted suicide and a single-payer system of health care.

“I support physician-assisted suicide with appropriate regulatory provisions to protect the patient’s rights,” she said. “There must be no doubt about the patient’s choice. The patient has the right to choose to end their own life. Single-payer, which I favor, would provide continued care for all patient’s without regard to their ability to pay.”

Stevenson said that he and his parents have left instructions to not be put on life support systems. He would support a single payer health care bill that “provides unlimited healthcare for all patients, regardless of age. The bill would include coverage for death management.”

“I do not want to pass unnecessary expenses on to my family or to my society in the case we finally get one-payer health care passed to benefit our society,” he said.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio
Says he would vote to repeal Obamacare

Eric Deaton, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he would vote to repeal “Obamacare” legislation and is in favor of the terminally ill making their own choices.

Deaton said that he did not support doctor-assisted suicides, but “I’m not opposed to letting the terminally ill or those imminently dying of old age from refusing treatment, feeding tubes, IVs or medications so that they may just die naturally.”

“The terminally ill and elderly should be allowed to die with dignity when their time comes and they should receive basic medical treatment until that time when on a public insurance,” he said. “If they have the resources for more advanced treatments that may prolong their lives a little longer, that is their choice to make.”

” Medicare is not going away anytime soon and it will continue to treat elderly citizens who are on it,” he said, answering questions about protecting senior citizens’ access to medical care. “I would prefer a different system some day that is private and keeps the government out of our health care completely. For those who have paid in and been promised this coverage we must honor those commitments.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Candidate for 12th District in Ohio
Supports physician-assisted suicide

Travis Irvine, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s 12th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he supports physician-assisted suicide and would vote to have the federal government get out of the “healthcare business entirely.”

”I will repeal the existing healthcare legislation because it is just as corporate as it was before, where the corporations use legislation to try and maximize their profits,” Irvine said. “I would open up the health care industry again to the free market where the companies with the best and most affordable care will reign, instead of those that have the best lobbyists.*

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

SOUTH CAROLINA

Green Party Candidate from South Carolina

Favors single-payer system, assisted suicide

Faye Waters, Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in South Carolina’s 3rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that she does not support physician-assisted suicide but strongly supports hospice care for the terminally ill.

“I support Medicare coverage for Hospice care,” she said. “My personal family experiences showed me that this alternative, instead of a hospital, was a better choice spiritually, mentally, environmentally, financially and the overall care of love one was of high quality.”

Waters said that while she does not support restricting access to medical care, ” I do feel the elderly is over-medicated and over- tested. I favor procedures done only if results of such procedures can actually be used to cure or add quality to life, not just to make money.  People should take it upon themselves to understand and convey what they feel is the best approach for their care.”

“I do not think the present healthcare law is perfect,” she said, “but at least there is something instead of  the “just talk approach” we experienced in the past.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

SC Candidate for House believes
Health care may have to be rationed

John Dalen, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in South Carolina’s Third District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he believes the current health care bill will “result in many people, young and old, being denied health care because someone judged the need to be too expensive or the patient unworthy of the expenditure — basically rationing of healthcare.”

Dalen said he does not support physician-assisted suicide.

“Our promises to the elderly and infirm should be honored,” he said.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

TENNESSEE

TN Democrat in Second District Congress race
Would not allow any cuts to Medicare

Dave Hancock, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee District 2, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he would protect senior citizens’ access to government health care by voting against cuts to Medicare.

“There is no need to cut Medicare,” he said. “Mismanagement of the system, along with predatory billing practices of both doctors and hospitals, must be stopped. Promises to the citizen were made, and must be kept. Fire Congress and agency bureaucrats, seek redress from those who have stolen funds from United States; the citizens did no harm.”

When asked whether he supports physician-assisted suicide, Hancock replied, “Suicide is a personal choice. Doctors once took an oath to preserve life. Hospitals are in place to protect life. Hospice is there to ease the end. Where have we gone haywire? Is euthanasia wrong? Then why not self euthanasia being wrong? I believe in life. Nature will take care of death.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

GOP Candidate for House from Tennessee
Would vote against legalizing assisted suicide

Charlotte Bergmann, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 9th District of Tennessee, told Hospice Patients Alliance that she does not support physician-assisted suicide and would vote against legalizing it.

Bergmann said she would not support cuts in health care for those who cannot afford it.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

Taxpayers should not pay for assisted suicide,

According to candidate for 3rd district, Tennessee

Mo Kiah, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd District of Tennessee, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not believe the Constitution gives Congress the power to control health care systems, and that health care decisions belong to the individual.

“People should keep 100% of the fruits of their labor, so they can plan and have total control of their health care and other family matters according to their budgets,” he said. “Whenever, or if ever we are able to keep the fruits of our labor, in order to take personal responsibility for ourselves, our loved ones and neighbors; we will then be the protectors of those in need. Not an over-bloated, incompetent government that continues to waste tax dollars by robbing the people of their very livelihood, in order to maintain control of the masses at our expense.”

When asked about physician-assisted suicide, Kiah said it should not be at taxpayers’ expense, but should be a decision left to the individual, his family and friends.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

Joe Leinweber Jr, Ret US Air Force
Candidate for the Tennessee 2nd District

I am very aware of these issues but have to tell you that I do not respond to these surveys.

I am concentrating on the primary issues that are turning this nation into a 3rd world country, a national debt that is growing every day, out of control spending and the constant violation of the Constitution.

TEXAS

Texas Democrat calls for medical care
Based on new changes in cultural value

How can we fund new health care programs without making tough decisions about who gets what medical care? Will we have to cut services to the elderly already in place to fund new legislation that insures medical care for every citizen? Do we have to start thinking in terms of “quality of life” when we cut spending? Will we have to think in terms of assisted suicides and voluntary euthanasia in order to save money on end-of-life care, which accounts for 40% of Medicare’s budget?

These are difficult questions on the minds of the members of Hospice Patients Alliance, a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

Kesha Rogers, a Democrat running for U.S. Congress from the 22nd District in Texas, apparently has given the same questions a lot of thought herself.

”We can help our terminally ill people by changing our cultural values,” she told the HPA. “We must abandon the popular misconception that the quality of life is determined by one’s biological condition, and rediscover how it is that the immortal human soul determines one’s quality of life. Even terminally ill people can contribute truth, beauty, and love to the world, if that is their intention, and if we allow them to do so, right up to the very end. The value of that contribution cannot be measured with money, or understood by people who think in monetary terms about human life.”

Rogers pointed to the contributions of people like Franklin Roosevelt and Helen Keller.

”Many of our greatest minds in history made their finest contributions to humanity during the final years of life, when their health was failing them,” Rogers said. “Under the condemned doctrine of ‘cost effectiveness’, we would not have Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, Helen Keller would never have shown us our humanity is something more than our biological senses, and Franklin Roosevelt would not have saved the country from Hitler’s Nazi doctors. The entire doctrine of “cost effectiveness”, to say that some lives are too expensive to bother spending money on, is scientifically invalid and disgusting.”

Rogers said the United States can afford good healthcare for everyone, and should abide by the Hill-Burton standard.

”The Hill-Burton legislation set basic standards for health care, such as establishing a major hospital in every county, a minimum number of hospital beds per capita, training more specialists, doctors, and nurses, and in funding research and development of new medical technologies and treatments,” she said. “That system worked, because its core principle was, health care exists to heal people, not to make a profit by denying care.”

Rogers said there is no shortage of money.

“The problem is money is being wasted on bailouts and useless wars instead of on productive jobs in industry, agriculture, medicine, and basic economic infrastructure,” she said. “If we invest in productive jobs of this type, there will be no possibility for accountants to make the fallacious “fixed resources” argument of cutting social programs for the poor, sick, and elderly, because we will be increasing the income stream that pays for those programs, and fewer people will need them anyway because productive work is what increases the overall standard of living. We need to once again create a culture that values the contributions the elderly, and every human life, have made to society, over the course of their lifetimes.”

for more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.
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GOP CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
OPPOSES ASSISTED SUICIDE AND OBAMACARE

David Dewhurst, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and also opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.
For more information, please contact:

Ron Panzer, President
HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC

Texas Libertarian Candidate for 18th District

Wants more freedom of choice in health care

Mike Taylor, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 18th District of Texas, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he supports freedom of choice in health care.

However, that does not necessarily mean he is in favor of assisted suicide.

“If suicide is assisted, it stops being suicide and becomes homicide,” he said. I do not support homicide.”

“I most certainly would support change in the current health care system,” Taylor said. “I would support more private funding of health care as it once was and before the decline in health insurance and allow for health care savings accounts.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Tim Collins, candidate for District 16 in Texas,

Believes Obamacare is “monstrosity of a bill”

Tim Collins, an independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 16th District of Texas, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he believes that “health care is not a right, but it is the moral obligation of a just society to see that all who need care receive it.” Nevertheless, he would vote to repeal, suspend or rewrite Obamacare.

“The negative results of this monstrosity of a bill, even in this early stage, were predictable and are coming to the market place already,” he said.  “Doctors are refusing new Medicare patients, Insurance companies are stopping the writing of new stand-alone child policies for children with pre-existing conditions.”

When asked about physician-assisted suicide, Collins said the issue was complex.

“Every individual has an unquestionable right to choose the path of treatment or non-treatment that they believe is in keeping with their personal beliefs and circumstances,” he said.  “I do not believe any government agency or authority has the right to dictate such a choice, either to withhold care, or continue care.  That decision belongs to the patient and their immediate family.”

He believes that “Physician assisted suicide should never be a dictated option based upon the financial considerations of a third party.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

Libertarian candidate for Texas 19th District
Says new healthcare rules discriminate

Chip Peterson, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 19th District of Texas, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he has concerns that the new healthcare legislations will not protect senior citizens’ access to appropriate medical care.

“I am angry with the new healthcare law since it will have standard practice guidelines that deny adequate care to people who need expensive procedures and are deemed to have only a few years of useful life left,” he told the HPA in answers to a questionnaire. “Medicare will save money by letting the actuarially old go without costly care, even though many would do well if treated. The administrators will deem that old people not receive treatment even though many, like my mother, remain vital into advanced age. Obviously, I dislike the new legislation and I want old people to have a chance to have second opinions and care if they can benefit from it.”

Peterson said his mother lived until age 103 years old and that his family went through many problems within the current Medicare system after she became debilitated from a stroke.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

Candidate for US House from 4th District Texas
Objects to assisted suicide for “moral” reasons

Shane Shepard, an Independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th District of Texas, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide because he has a “personal, moral objection.” He would vote to repeal the Obamacare legislation.

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

”I believe the healthcare overhaul needs to be reconsidered and something more practical put in its place – maybe nothing,” Shepard said. “I believe in simple approaches. We will have to face the hard choices regarding the national deficit and future obligations (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security). I believe that if the government were more honest, more efficient, and more open to partner with charitable entities, we could decrease current and obligated debt as well as increase the quality of care given to the elderly. The first step on this is to pass a law that demands that the wording and amendments to bills have to be germane to the title of the bill.”

TEXAS LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE
BELIEVES ASSISTED SUICIDE IS WRONG

Bryon Severns, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 2nd District of Texas, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide.

His statement to HPA was as follows: “I believe that physicians must focus on healing people and they must honor their oath to “do no harm” which means that they must not kill, and they must refrain from assisting self-harm. Therefore, physicians should not perform assisted suicide.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a non-profit organization in support of families and patients in hospice care and an advocate for appropriate medical care of the terminally ill, handicapped, and elderly. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

UTAH

Candidate for Congress from Utah
Would vote to repeal Obamacare

Kirk Pearson, Constitution Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 1st District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would protect senior citizens’ access to government health care by voting to repeal the new federal health care legislation.

“The Constitution Party is the only 100% pro-life party including the unborn and terminally ill,” he said. “In no way should we restrict healthcare to the elderly. We need to completely abolish the Obama Health Care bill.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

Candidate for Utah 3rd District House Seat
Says he is in favor of assisted suicide

Joseph Puente, an Independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 3rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he is in favor of physician-assisted suicide “as long as the decision is that of the patient and no one else.”

When asked by HPA how he plans to protect the elderly if health care is to be financed through cuts in Medicare, Puente answered, “That is a complicated question and I do not have the answer to it. Suffice it to say that the costs of Medicare are tied directly to the costs of healthcare in general. I think that our government owes it not only to the elderly but to all Americans to do everything it can to put into place policies that will bring down the costs of healthcare such as removing anti-trust exemptions that insurance companies have been abusing for years, passing legislation requiring that all health insurance companies operate as nonprofit corporations, mutual companies or cooperatives to ensure premiums are used to pay for treatment and not pad the pockets of executives or inflate share prices–I think that health insurance should NOT be a publicly traded commodity. I think the federal government should do all that it is constitutionally permitted to in order to make sure that people can be treated for their illnesses and not be financially crippled for it.”

Puente’s answer about assisted suicide is, “If there is absolutely no quality of life for an individual who is suffering from the pain and agony associated with measures taken to extend their life despite the fact that their illness is terminal, if that patient should choose not go on with treatment and put an end to their needless suffering, I see no problem with allowing them access to resources to reach that end. Let there be no misunderstanding however that the decision should be that of the patient and no one else.”

Hospice Patients Alliance Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

www.hospicepatients.org

VERMONT

Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont

Thank you for your interest in Senator Leahy’s reelection campaign. He

has a long-standing policy of not answering candidate surveys. There is

a lot of information available on his campaign on his official website.

Best,

Megan DeMers

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia

Democrat Joe Manchin for Senate

Thank you for contacting Joe Manchin’s U.S. Senate Campaign about the issues that matter most to you and your organization.

… (Joe Manchin)  is eager to engage in a dialogue and learn more about the issues that are most important to you. Unfortunately, the highly condensed timeline for this election will severely limit his ability to complete and return individual candidate questionnaires. Although he will not be able to respond to your immediate request, it is his hope to meet with representatives from your organization in the near future to learn more about your priorities and discuss the direction of West Virginia, and the nation. In the interim, please feel free to review his record as West Virginia’s governor. He is proud of that record, which reflects where he stands on the issues that are important to West Virginia and where he will continue to stand as he seeks federal office.

The Manchin for West Virginia Team

www.JoeManchinWV.com

WISCONSIN

GOP Candidate for House in 8th District
Opposes Physician-assisted suicide

Reid Ribble, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s 8th District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would work to “make sure health care in this country is reformed so that health care is more accessible to all age groups.”

Ribble answered the HPA questionnaire sent to every candidate to get their views on assisted suicide, end-of-life medical care, and protection of access to medical care.

“I believe the elderly, along with individuals of all ages, deserve respectable health care that will care for all their needs, and that health care should never be rationed,” Ribble said. “If I am elected to Congress this fall, I will work tirelessly to make sure health care in this country is reformed so that health care is more accessible to all age groups. I am strongly opposed to physician assisted suicide, and I have been on record numerous times in opposition to the government-run health care bill and it’s $500 billion gutting of Medicare.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill.

Wisconsin’s District 1
Democrat Incumbent Paul Ryan

Thank you for contacting Congressman Ryan regarding the Hospice Patients

Alliance 2010 Survey. I appreciate the effort your organization put

forth to obtain Congressman Ryan’s opinion.

However, Congressman Ryan does not complete political pledges, surveys,

or questionnaires from any organization.

Candidate for Congress from Wisconsin

Would overhaul Obamacare into “co-ops”

Michael Krsiean, an independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s 3rd District, told Hospice Patients Alliance that he does not support physician-assisted suicide and would support the repeal of “Obamacare.”

“I am advocating my own plan whereby we repeal Obamacare, squeeze out the insurance companies, get government out of legislating healthcare issues, establish direct relationships between doctors and patients through Local Hospital Membership Co-operatives,” he said.  “No more pre-existing conditions, no more Medicare/Medicaid.  This goes hand-in-hand with a planned cash-out of Social Security where a percentage of the Social Security cash-out funds would go to establish a Co-op membership for the senior citizens.”

Hospice Patients Alliance is a volunteer organization that promotes excellence in end-of-life care and protects the elderly and the terminally ill. The Alliance sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the U.S. Representative and the U.S. Senate to determine views on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and protection of appropriate medical care for the elderly, the handicapped, and the terminally ill.

For more information, please contact:

HOSPICE PATIENTS ALLIANCE, INC.

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