Fox's death book lie

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    Daily Kos: State of the Nation

    Fox's "death book" lie
    by Jed Lewison


    Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 08:20:03 AM PDT

    The deathers at Fox "News" have been caught with their pants down, once again.

    This time -- led by Chris Wallace of Fox "News" Sunday -- Fox is alleging that President Obama is trying to prematurely end the lives of millions of veterans by forcing them to read a "death book" that urges them to "pull the plug" and commit "assisted suicide."

    Not surprisingly, it turns out that Fox's attack is totally made up. Their so-called "death book" is actually an optional guidebook on drafting living wills that had been listed in a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) handbook by the Bush administration in 2007.



    Here's more detail on the garbage being spewed by Fox:

    1. Fox's alleged "death book" is actually a guidebook on preparing living wills

    The thing Fox is calling a "death book" is actually a guidebook called "Your life, your choices" initially developed in 1997 to help veterans understand issues relating to advance directives and living wills
    should they ever experience a medical condition (such as a permanent coma) where they cannot communicate their treatment preferences. Although the guidebook can be downloaded, it carries a disclaimer noting that is currently being updated and revised for a 2010 release. (See this article for more information on the revisions.)

    Despite Fox's claim that the guide encourages assisted suicide and euthanasia, it is solely focused on helping veterans determine what type of care they wish to receive if they should ever became incapable of making their wishes known. The guidebook specifically makes clear that it has nothing to do with assisted suicide, which is illegal.

    2. Although Fox said VHA practitioners must give the guidebook to each of the 24 million vets they serve, there is no such requirement

    According to a directive issued in 2007 under President Bush, the guidebook is merely an example of the type of document that VHA practitioners should give to patients who ask for help with living wills.

    3. The Bush administration, not the Obama administration, included the guidebook in the VHA handbook.

    In February 2007 the Bush administration's VA issued a directive listing the guidebook as an example of the type of documents VHA practitioners should give to patients who want help drafting living wills. In July 2009, the Obama administration issued a minor update to portions of that directive, but did not language on the guidebook at all.

    Here's a comparison of the language contained in the Bush directive of February 2007 and the Obama update of July 2009. <more>
     
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    I'm shocked! :eek:
     
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    Not a good idea to post direct to DKos here. The cons will just ignore it like we ignore NewsMax and WorldNutDaily.

    Better to just summarize and post the supporting links from the diary.
     
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    I'm shocked you are stupid enough to listen to Daily Kos.

    I saw the show, Wallace asked why the book is referened on the web site, and was told (by a member of the administration) that it is not 'recommended' but by law it has to remain as it was PAID FOR BY GOVERNMENT FUNDS.

    Wallace also read passages from the book THAT HE WAS HOLDING that asked ludicrous questions such as 'do you feel life is not worth living' and asked vets to check a box to indicate it was not.

    When will you start to understand that Daily Kos is a shill for the administration, that these people will say and do ANYTHING to support their party?
     
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    Yeah, it's a lie.

    We've been required to provide patients with information on advance directives for years now.
     
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    See what I mean, PJ?
     
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    Unfortunately, no wingnut publications reported on the falsity of the death book, I searched.
     
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    So Daily KOS isn't a source.

    Fine.


    Virginia Hospital Center : Information on Advanced Directives

    Health Care Advance Directives: What is the Patient Self-Determination Act? (ABA Division for Public Education)

    315s98cruzan

    Better??
     
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    LOLOLOL



    The funny thing is, this started under Bush, but for some reason, Fox forgot to mention that. They also forgot to mention Obama's changes to all of this.
     
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    See, now now you just spoiled it. :lol:
     

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