Stop PCHETA: The Senate’s dangerous palliative care bill

By guest author Sara Buscher, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA — Palliative care has become dangerous and deadly in many places. Too many people are abused or “helped” to die, instead of being helped to live well in the time they have left. Right now, the U.S. Senate is acting on a bill that would expand and promote palliative care without the reforms that are needed to improve care and protect patients from the assisted suicide and euthanasia agendas. We have a chance to stop this bill, but we must act now. Senators are voting this Thursday, December 12th!

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UPDATE 12/12/19: The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) was stopped in committee! The US Senate HELP Committee has removed the bill from its agenda, announcing it would not be voted on today due to “last minute concerns.” The bill will remain in committee. Thank you for taking action to stop this dangerous bill! You truly made a difference! We will stay vigilant in case attempts are made to bring it to a vote in this committee in 2020.

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The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S. 2080 and its companion H.R. 647) seeks to expand palliative care by funding more permanent palliative care faculty. It promotes related education and research and creates a public awareness option for “selling” palliative care to patients and their physicians.

Palliative care has become dangerous and deadly in many places. Too many people are abused or “helped” to die, instead of being helped to live well in the time they have left. By the time a patient’s family realizes what’s going on, it’s often too late.

Palliative care should be reformed before it is expanded and promoted by the federal government through PCHETA.

Steps you can take right now to stop this bill from moving forward are at the end of this article. Please take action now.
The history and aims of palliative care

Palliative care grew out of and includes hospice. It offers an earlier pathway to hospice care and provides assessment and treatment of pain and other problems—physical, psychosocial, and spiritual. Physicians who are board certified in palliative care are also board certified in hospice.

The two are always linked.

The George Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have spent more than $200 million to develop and expand palliative care as their mechanism for changing how we die in America. The organizations they created, such as the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, continue to influence palliative care.

After decades of promoting hospice and palliative care as the best way to die, leaders in the field realized “families facing a serious illness do not want a good death; they want a cure.”  So, they separated their promotion of palliative care from hospice to reach more patients “upstream.” Still, palliative care remains oriented toward death.

Hospices are already using palliative care as a “loss leader” to enroll more patients in hospice earlier. A loss leader is a service sold below cost to attract more customers, who will then buy more profitable services. (Under Medicare rules, those who enroll in hospice must be terminal with death predicted in 6 months or less and give up curative medical care.) These prematurely enrolled people are more profitable because they need less care. The HHS Office of Inspector General reported people were inadequately informed their care had switched to hospice and sometimes were placed in hospice completely without their knowledge.

Aspire Health, the largest community-based palliative care company in the U.S., began with $50 million in venture capital, including $30 million from Google. Aspire Health claims to have an algorithm that can pinpoint when people will die. Anthem, a health insurer, now owns Aspire Health, which contracts with Medicare Advantage plans.

Palliative care has become more deadly and dangerous

As a practicing attorney who advocates for the elderly, infirm, and disabled, I have seen many cases where people with years to live were tricked into palliative care, which went on auto-pilot with strong drugs leading to death. The following story serves as a sobering example:

A widow in northwest Wisconsin became forgetful. She moved into an assisted living facility where her children thought she would be safer. The staff soon complained about her constant shouting and said they needed more help. So her family agreed to hospice for the extra help—not because she was terminal. Ten days later she was dead after being drugged to unconsciousness. Before that, she was walking and talking and knew who she was and who other people were. She could carry on a conversation. So why all that shouting? The staff had lost her hearing aids.

Here are a few more examples:

In their opposition to PCHETA, the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses said their members are seeing unethical practices, such as terminal sedation (with withdrawal/withholding of food, water, and critical medicines) and voluntary stopping of eating, drinking, and even spoon feeding, etc., now being called palliative, “comfort,” or “routine” hospice care.

These practices are so prevalent, they were:

Dr. Farr Curlin, a palliative medicine specialist at Duke University, describes the situation this way:

“Many patients and their families don’t trust HPM [Hospice and Palliative Medicine] and are resistant to it. I encounter such individuals in the hospital and in the community, among people of all walks of life and social strata, but particularly among ethnic minorities and members of religious communities. These individuals tell stories about loved ones who declined slowly over time, fighting the good fight with the support and companionship of their family members and friends. When HPM professionals became involved in their care, their loved ones were put on powerful drugs, became unconscious and unresponsive, and were soon dead. These stories are clearly shared within communities and powerfully shape people’s perceptions of HPM, which many see as a sophisticated and seductive way of getting people to die.”

Palliative care is used as a rationing tool

Palliative care is being used to create a second tier of health care that smacks of rationing. For example, as previously mentioned, Aspire Health (a for-profit business) created an algorithm that mines insurers’ data about patients without their knowledge to predict when patients will die. After they talk to the patients’ primary care physicians, they decide who to target. How it works is summarized below, based on explanations in articles here, here, and here:

  • Rather than rely on referrals, Aspire contacts patients directly and 85% sign up.
  • Patients are offered physicians and nurses who make house calls. “Palliative” is not mentioned, nor is “life expectancy.” Patients are not told Aspire’s goal is to reduce costs by offsetting treatment against life expectancies.
  • Aspire sends a team into the home, spending time to build trust. Next, they discuss the time the patient has left and guide the patient through difficult treatment choices.
  • A key part of the program is discussing what treatments they should refuse. The idea is to prevent patients who only have a short while to live from undergoing unpleasant and unnecessary treatments.

Aspire claims to save thousands per patient by reducing hospitalizations for its Medicare Advantage plan clients. But, MedPAC found spending on Medicare Advantage plans is 2% to 5.5% higher, not lower, than traditional Medicare.

Dr. Cinthia Briseño, founder of Frisk Innovations for Patient-Centered Care, raises the following questions:

  • Does the death predicting algorithm identify people too early, so as to bolster Aspire’s profits, thereby leading patients to abandon curative treatment too soon?
  • Does the algorithm accurately predict when people will die?
  • Is peoples’ privacy being invaded?
  • What treatments does Aspire consider unnecessary?
  • Is access to care improved?
  • What are the actual cost savings?
The PCHETA bill expands the status quo

The PCHETA bill expands the reach of palliative care as it is now practiced. It does not require changes or improvements. The word “improve” appears once, only in relation to training by education centers that would be created in response to the legislation (Sec. 759A(a)(2) in the bill).

The bill provides a loophole. No improvements are required of existing training centers, which are entitled to the same funding (Sec. 759A(a)(3) in  the bill.) The Soros-backed Center to Advance Palliative Care has created nine regional training centers that qualify for this funding.

Nothing in the PCHETA bill would improve the delivery of palliative care or prevent abuses.

Nothing in the PCHETA bill helps patients avoid and escape dangerous palliative care.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has issued three scathing reports about hospice fraud and abuses. You can read those reports here, here, and here. The bill does not incorporate the Inspector General’s recommended changes to federal laws to address hospice fraud and abuse.

The PCHETA expands the reach of dangerous and abusive palliative care.

PCHETA’s Section 5 clarifications are meaningless

Supporters of the PCHETA, some of whom are staunch opponents of assisted suicide and euthanasia, point out that Section 5 of the bill contains two protections against the dangers of palliative care. These protections were added at the request of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in exchange for their public support. Section 5(a) reads:

Clarification: None of the funds made available under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) may be used to provide, promote, or provide training with regard to any item or service for which Federal funding is unavailable under [the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act]. (emphasis added)

The Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act (ASFRA) is supposed to prevent federal funds from being used to assist in a patient’s suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing, with several exceptions; to pay for services that intentionally cause death by these methods; or to pay for health plans that include coverage for those services.

PCHETA’s clarification is much narrower. It only applies to funds provided by PCHETA, not all federal health care dollars. It does not prevent dangerous palliative care; it only seems to stop funding, based on ASFRA’s language. Nothing prevents the palliative care industry from using other funds to promote assisted suicide and euthanasia as a societal good. Also, nothing prohibits the addition of separately funded educational courses in dangerous and deadly practices.

PCHETA is expected to fund 50 academic physician-leaders who, in turn, will teach about 9,300 additional health care professionals. The PCHETA clarifications do not apply to the 9,300 at all—those who will become the clinicians who care for us patients.

Acknowledging the above criticism, the USCCB requested that the Senate add a second protection, at Section 5(b). It reads:

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 provision applies to the furnishing of palliative and hospice care, but only under the PCHETA Act, which provides for education, training, and research, not the furnishing of care. The actual furnishing of care will occur after providers are trained, but that furnishing will not be funded by PCHETA.

Unfortunately, the USCCB and the Catholic Medical Association now publicly support the PCHETA.

What you can do right now to stop PCHETA

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA is organizing a grassroots contact with key senators to stop the PCHETA. Both versions of the bill (S.2080 and H.R. 647) are currently in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which is set to vote to move S.2080 out of committee on Thursday, December 12th. Senators typically tally the messages they receive for and against a bill, so your messages are of key importance right now.

It is critical that you voice your opposition now.

Please call or email the following senators, especially Senators Alexander, Cassidy, Paul, and Capito. Their contact information follows. Below that, you will find a sample email and phone call script.

Senators on the Senate HELP Committee

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Committee Chair
Staff: jennifer_boyer@help.senate.gov
Office: (202 224-4944

Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY), Chair of Primary Health Subcommittee
Staff: amanda_lincoln@help.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-3424

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Co-sponsor
Staff: amy_pellegrino@aging.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Co-sponsor
Staff: anna_dietderich@murkowski.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-6665

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN)
Staff: reily_inman@braun.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-4814

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
Staff: rachel_soclof@help.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-3154

Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA)
Staff: rob_butora@cassidy.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-5824

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Staff: will_dent@isakson.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-3643

Senator Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY)
Staff: zach_bennett@paul.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-4343

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Staff: bryan_wells@roberts.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-4774

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Staff: jess_pavel@romney.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-5251

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Staff: conor_sheehey@scott.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-6121

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), said to be a pro-life Democrat
Staff: gillian_mueller@casey.senate.gov
Office: (202) 224-6324

Not on Committee:

Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sponsor
Staff: dana_richter@capito.senate.gov
Office: 202-224-6472

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA also highly recommends you call the senators from your own state. Call the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get your senators’ office numbers.

Sample email template

From the list above, find the email address of the senator’s health care staff. Address the email to that person. Copy and paste the message below and modify it to include a personal story about how this issue would affect your life.

Dear Senator,

I am writing to ask you to oppose S. 2080, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act and its House counterpart, H.R. 647, in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where the bills are waiting for a vote.

I ask you to oppose this legislation because:

The bill could erase hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare fraud recoveries by leaving the definition of “serious or life-threatening illness” until after enactment.

Palliative care is often a dangerous path to death for people not otherwise dying who could have years to live. The bill’s protective provisions in Section 5 will not stop the abuse and hastened deaths of people enrolled in hospice and palliative care. The first protection is not enforced because the federal agency authorized to do so, does not have the necessary data; the second protection (S. 2080 only) applies to the furnishing of care under the PCHETA, but that Act funds education, research, and public information, not the furnishing of care.

Thank you for your time.

(Your name and contact information)

You can expect to get a form response or even no response, but know that each senator typically tallies the messages they receive on each side of an issue.

Sample phone script

You can reach each senator’s office by calling the number provided in the list above. A staff member in the senator’s office will probably pick up the phone. Your conversation will go something like this:

Senator’s office. How can I help you?

Hi, I am calling to ask Senator ________ to oppose S. 2080 and H.R. 647, two versions of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, where the bills are waiting for a vote.

Then say just one sentence about how this issue affects your life to show the staffer that the issue means something to you. You could pick one or both of the following two reasons:

I ask you to oppose this legislation because: 

The bill could erase hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare fraud recoveries by leaving the definition of serious or life-threatening illness” until after enactment.

Palliative care is often a dangerous path to death for people not otherwise dying who could have years to live. The bill’s protective provisions in Section 5 will not stop the abuse and hastened deaths of people enrolled in hospice and palliative care.

When the staffer asks, Can I get your name and address? provide your name and address so your call is counted.

Then say, Thank you for your time. And you’ll be done!

Your goal is to be counted, so a quick and courteous call like this is all it takes. If you get voicemail, leave your name and address in your message.

Remember, time is of the essence here. The Committee will be voting on S.2080 on Thursday, December 12th.

Sara Buscher is an attorney-CPA who serves on the board of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA. She served on Governor Tommy Thompson’s task force on health care costs, while managing employee benefit programs for the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin. As a lawyer in private practice, she advocated for the elderly and disabled.

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62 comments on “Stop PCHETA: The Senate’s dangerous palliative care bill

  1. Maria Madrigal says:

    Please stop PCHETA

  2. Congress, correct this act to really protect us aging people.

  3. Marie-Lydie Y Bastien says:

    No to Euthanasia!

  4. Velma Wallner says:

    No euthanasia. They should be treated with respect. Murder is not legal. Give them the care they deserve after having lived so long.

    God will not bless this work of the evil one. One day you will all stand before a merciful God. What do you think He will say to you about this? He is a loving God, but for those who treat others that way, He will have the last word as to where they spend eternity, Heaven or Hell, which is your choice?

    Velma

  5. Concepcion Vizcarra says:

    We need to be thinking about how to make our love ones comfortable on their last days. State officials are not medical doctors. And doctors took an oath DO NO HARM! Legal or not it is murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Connie

  6. Susan Ormsby says:

    My friend’s children ended her life so they could inherit her money faster. It is legal. It is appalling. It should only happen to those who think this murder is a good idea.

  7. Mary E Lasar says:

    We have been given the right to life by God. No one has that right to end a life. All Democrats who would think of approving such a bill will have to answer to their God in whatever faith they claim to practice. All who claim they are Catholic are definitely not. Int the end they will be the greatest losers.

    1. Sarah Quale says:

      Unfortunately, the PCHETA is a Republican-sponsored bill. The pro-life movement has a long way to go to educate our representatives on the right to life, from conception to natural death. Thanks for your comment.

    2. Marilyn B tambo says:

      Please stop PCHETA ( S. 2080 and its companion Bill HR 647 from happening! Respect Life at All Stages!

  8. Rita Ann Sisko says:

    Please consider how you have been given the gift of life–how precious it is for All of God’s people. Protect life at All Cost. Blessings, Rita Ann Kapraun Sisko

  9. Frances Volpe says:

    The Left, and the Democratic Socialist party are the parties of Death.

  10. DCN says:

    Many of the names of the senators listed to contact do not match the email addresses. Is this deliberate, or were there some errors? If errors, please correct them and send the email again.

    1. Sarah Quale says:

      The email listed under each senator’s name is the address for their health staffer. This is the particular contact person that can manage calls for the PCHETA bill.

  11. Mary says:

    Taking a life is not our right. Only God can do that. To begin to drug people to death is playing God and a very grave sin. Doctors take an oath to heal and save lives. Why would someone do this? It is so very, very wrong! Please vote against this bill.

  12. James and Mrs Mary K McBride says:

    Please do not promote this bill-it will lead to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

  13. Lucy Sanchez says:

    The democrats and soros have been working to destroy Americans for years now they are being more open about killing our citizens

    1. Anita Panagakos says:

      Just went through advocating for my sisters health care. Not enough time for all the details.. all i can say is she recovered from a very bad reaction to a chemo treatment because we stedy by her side for at least 12 hrs a day , kept her alive by being proactive and insisting on the least amount of medicine. We . As a family, collectively worked with her care team and kept her alive. Then once out of icu, she went to a cancer care ward, and there they started her on morphine, to shut her up.. she was scared and alone at night. They wanted to put her as hospice , and we refused. We insisted she not be given morphine , instead they put an aid at her door, and the family, when possible stayed in a chair over night in her room. She was in the hospital about 24 days,
      When we saw she was not getting any services,we all said let’s get her out of here.. we found a highly rated privately owned rehab who accepted medicare.
      30 days later after so much love, food support and therapies from the rehab and hard work on my sisters part. She is home. We are looking for alternate medicine to treat the lung cancer, but for now she is back to normal eating walking, toileting, laughing and
      Enjoying life . Truely a miricle, but would have lost her if we were not one step ahead of the hospital… all those giving her care in icu and step up were awesome, but once sent to the cancer floor, it was clear they weren’t going to do anything to further her recovery.

      1. Sarah Quale says:

        Wow. Your sister owes her life to you and your family’s vigilance. THANK YOU.

  14. James Healey says:

    DO NOT kill your parents and grandparents!! LOVE THEM and CARE FOR THEM!! This bill is EVIL!!

  15. Joey says:

    I emailed them all and will call my two communist senators.
    When both my parents were dying, the palliative care staff pushed their opinions on our family–to the point we had to ask them to leave the room.

  16. Thank you for leading the charge on this & for alerting us to this bill. As a busy, homeschool mom, I’d never know about it otherwise.

    I strongly believe my elderly uncle died, not from the cancer with which he was diagnosed, but from being starved/dehydrated to death because the drugs they gave him lulled him into a state of unconsciousness that prevented him from being able to eat or drink. Because they deemed him “terminal,” he was not given an IV of fluids, either. I could cry just thinking about the last week and half of his life. He went being able to talk/hold a conversation, eating steak & potatoes. Just a few days later, I was told he wasn’t eating or talking. Sadly, even though I was his niece, I had no say in what was happening to him. I find this to be murder under the guise of “comfort care.” But because those in charge of his life, convinced him to get cremated, there is no way of proving this. Breaks my heart.

    1. DR. SHANA says:

      DO NOT SUPPORT SO MANY ABUSES IN ALL MEDICAL HOSPICE CARE

    2. Sarah Quale says:

      So sorry to hear this, Georgia. Thank you for sharing this story. This happens much more often than people realize.

      1. Georgia Kijesky says:

        Thank YOU for bringing this to our attention., Sarah. The fact that’s it’s a REPUBLICAN sponsored bill is absolutely infuriating!!

  17. Guillermina Casillas says:

    No euthanasia

  18. Marsha Lewis says:

    No man/woman/boy/girl has a right to take anyone’s life. Life is given by our Creator God and He alone has the right to give/take life. Life is precious in His sight therefore we should honor what God (of the Bible) honors. This ungodly bill must be opposed and measures to protect life implemented and supported. All Life(human)!

  19. eyeball says:

    IF the idea of “palliative care” were to be truly carried out, then it would be a great way for US to make death, the only “sure thing” less or even NOT frightening. But the bridge between “palliative care” and EUTHANASIA and ABORTION is getting shorter and shorter. IF “palliative care” were to EXCLUDE active ending of life, then GREAT! Just because one does not BELIEVE there is “a hereafter” and GOD, doesn’t mean these don’t exist! The mind lives on. The “identity” lives on, also. Our “spirit” is immortal. One might say, “baloney” to that. Show me your PROOF”. Well, to that assertion — that all life ENDS at physical death — I say “show me YOUR proof”.

  20. Hi friends and Christians out there. We must understand where we are on God’s time clock and act accordingly from there. Please search the {Global summit on World Population in Cairo Egypt in 1999 and this is where all this started. It was declared there after this summit was concluded that “if we don’t control our population in normal ways, they would control it in abnormal ways. Now fast track to earlier this year and you can research this young Swedish school girl addressing the United Nations of global warming. {Remember her famous words to the UN that went like this “HOW DARE YOU”? Now look at where we are right now, the {TREE HUGGERS} used this young lady as their excuse to bring {DEATH TO THE WORLD} and she will be branded as one that “SATAN USED” to bring into the Biblical Prophecy mentioned in Revelations. Revelations stated that the {PALE HORSE} would enter into existence in these “LAST DAYS” and the “PALE HORSE” is the one of “DEATH”. This is just the beginning of “DEATH” that’s going to grip our world and all you need to do is look around you everywhere and you can see the stage being set where there’s going to be clashes everywhere that will bring about {DEATH AND DESTRUCTION EVERYWHERE}. We are there and just watch the escalation of death everywhere. One thing to watch for and I believe real soon is the {TOTAL ANNIHILATION OF MYSTERY BABYLON} which is the United States. Once that happens, the world’s most powerful and populated “DRUG PRODUCTION MANUFACTURERS” will be wiped out along with it. This will cost multi millions of people {FOR EXAMPLE} that are suffering with AIDS/HIV to be dead in a few short months because the concoction of drugs they use to hold of their disease from becoming “FULL BLOWN” will be gone. {CANCER PATIENTS} gone in a short time because treatments are gone, TB drugs all wiped out so the spread of Tuberculous will run rapid as will Ebola and many other diseases that are held at bay right now. Needless to sat that {THE UNITED NATIONS WANT “DEATH” so death they will surely get but not at the scale that they envision as they push their addenda of {DEATH UPON THIS WORLD. As you can realize, the “PERILOUS TIMES” mentioned in Revelations is coming upon us in a very short time. Then of course there is going to be the {WARS & RUMORS OF WARS} that Revelations speaks about where many millions of people will lose their lives. With the United States out of the way, there is less obstacles in the way to prevent these wars so the liberty to start wars is enhanced everywhere. {YES} the UNITED NATIONS are wanting death to reduce the earth’s population but they are going to get much more than they envision. What can/should you do in these short days that we have left just before Christ comes for us, be sure you are {HOLY & PURE WITH CHRIST YOURSELVES & YOUR FAMILIES} then go out and {REACH AS MANY OF THE LOST AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN AND SNATCH THEM FROM THE GRIPS OF SATAN}? Protest these evils and stand up against it as best you can and {MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL}. I love you in Christ Jesus. AMEN

  21. Kathryn Majumdar says:

    Please avoid the slippery slope of assisted suicide! It is just that Suicide that the gov. allows!

  22. Brenda Corey says:

    Please prayerfully consider the Word of God and His faithful promises to our nation for seeking and standing with us when we make righteous moral choices. We must turn out face to Him in great expectation rather than turn our back against Him as a nation. God is for us and voting NO in this matter will continue to secure that we remain in His Kingdom. Please lead us as God leads.

  23. Carl says:

    No euthanasia.
    No liberals.

  24. Hendriena Brunckhorst says:

    Stop this Bill to legalised Murder

  25. David Serio says:

    Please stop this bill and agenda.

  26. RM says:

    Only satan and his human principalities of evil would ever promote compromising the sacred nature of life! Tragically too many have succumb to a twisted and deceitful agenda of increasing power, greed, and narcissism over common sense goodness love, charity, and compassion for others. Life is a very precious gift that should always be appreciated at every age no matter the condition of health. Suffering, whether personally experienced or witnessed in a loved one, is not only temporary, but also a special opportunity to unite closer to Jesus and His Passion while leading us all toward ETERNAL salvation. Pray for everyone to know and actively defend this truth?? because God will be the final judge who is harsh with those that ignore or mock Him!

  27. Stella Haba says:

    No killing anyone. God is our Father ??

  28. Lucille Sergent says:

    Please stop this bill and preserve our precious sick family members!

  29. Kathy Cooksey says:

    Please preserve our precious critically ill people by preventing assisted suicide. Thank you!!

  30. DorothyMcCaffrey says:

    Please do not pass this bill. Only God can judge when we can die.Dorothy Dec 9 2019.

  31. Deanna Gerow says:

    No Euthanasia that is murder. Stop deceptive medical practices and anyone who pushes this sort of thing should have their butts in jail.

    1. Arvetta Brewer says:

      It is time to stand against those who think they can allow life to be ended by their dictates.

  32. Daniel St. Pierre says:

    The future of voluntary euthanasia would soon become mandatory with the onset of budget shortfalls. One only needs to look at Belgium & other European countries where people visit their loved ones in nursing homes only to find out they have already been euthanized, without notification. Yes, this is already happening! We should all be scared of the ramifications of this kind of law and those responsible for enforcement. The term Healthcare should never be associated with the taking of any life. “God Bless America. Land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her” from those who seek to destroy her.

  33. Kaye Ellis says:

    I’m all in if you lawmakers sign up to try it out first! First you kill babies and now you’re going after the elderly. What you won’t do to keep retirees from collecting the Social Security they’ve paid into for many years, all because you “borrowed” from us. That’s an interesting way to balance the budget.

  34. Mary L. Stoessel says:

    Life is sacred/precious – honor it.
    Please stop the PCHETA Senate Bill 2080 and HR 647

  35. Noble Overfield says:

    One day our leaders will stand before the king of King. And will give an account for the choices they have made as we all will. It is our responsibility to stand up to ungodliness and to pray for our leaders. That day will make the right choices and to protect life as God sees it

  36. CHARLOTTE BELDEN says:

    Say NO to euthanasia.

  37. Stephen McAlpine says:

    Euthanasia is the destruction of hope and a better future!

  38. RC Davis says:

    Not surprised that the GOP senators are selling out the pro-life movement… again.

  39. Clayne Shore says:

    Life from conception to normal death is precious, no one has the right to curtail that life, except He who created it, namely the Father in Heaven.No to abortion and No to euthanasia!

    1. Anna Maria Busuttil says:

      Well said. Nobody has the right to kill either life in a woman’s womb or when a person has grown old. Life is precious always and until the end.

    2. Cynthia Butcher says:

      Life is precious. We do not have the right to take any life be it before birth or after!

  40. JOE H ESPINOSA says:

    WE MUST PROTECT LIFE,NOT DESTROY IT……JOE H ESPINOSA

  41. Eduardo Alvarez says:

    Legal and illegally it is killing people. Elevate yourselves. We are in the midst of the worst self inflicted war against human kind not recorded in history!!

  42. Laura Jesus says:

    Another way to to get a rid of people that is their agenda. I am against their agendas.

  43. Peter Egan says:

    Make America a Christian Nation Again, and Honor God the Father.

    1. Patricia Sexauer says:

      Stop the euthanasia bill!!!

  44. Cyndi Green says:

    Make appropriate corrections and stop euthanasia. Vote no on the s. 2080 bill and then morally clean up healthcare. Thank you!

  45. Jessica Hooper says:

    To all whom it may corncern Please stop the PCHETA Senate Bill 2080 and HR 647

  46. Calvin West says:

    Life is sacred/precious – honor it.

    1. Margaret says:

      No Euthanasia
      stop deceptive medical practices and start jailing unethical murdered pretending to be Healthcare providers

    2. Vincent Sheehy says:

      Life is a precious gift from God. No one has the right to end a human life and that includes suicide which is self-destruction.
      Abortion also is the greatest evil since it destroys innocent life. God alone determines our span of life, so live it with care, and
      enjoy life while you can.

  47. Javier says:

    No eutanasia

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