Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) feeling the HEAT from the right, attempts to SWITCH up what he initally SAID

Johnny-Boy, sweetie, it is too damn late!!!

Yesterday, Isksaon called Sarah Palin a NUT for calling living wills, death panels. Well, today he was acknowledged and praised by President Obama at the New Hampshire Town Hall Meeting on health care for the actual language of the living will section of the senate bill that the GOP has tried to hi-jack as, "death panels, seniors will die, etc."

Transcript here.

Well, I guess good ol' boy Johnny was feeling the HEAT because he is attempting to back track it all, even to the point that he never said anything about living wills!!

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today denounced comments made by President Obama and his spokesman regarding Isakson’s alleged connection to language contained in the House health care bill on “end-of-life counseling.”

Isakson vehemently opposes the House and Senate health care bills and he played no role in drafting language added to the House bill by House Democrats calling for the government to incentivize doctors by offering them money to conduct “end-of-life counseling” with Medicare patients every five years. Isakson also strongly opposed the House bill language calling for doctors to follow a government-mandated list of topics to discuss with patients during the counseling sessions. read it all here...

Well, the heat must be something FIERCE, but Johnny-Boy, words do matter and these are your EXACT words on the living will matter. From April 24, 2008
I will talk about what we need to do in terms of Medicare eligibility. When somebody signs up for Medicare when they are 65 years old--you are supposed to go in 90 days before your 65th birthday; I am getting close, so I am looking at these things--I think you ought to be required to execute a durable power of attorney when you become eligible. Eighty percent of the cost of health care to me, to you, and to anybody else happens in the last 60 days of life. More often than not, people are not in a condition to make a decision for themselves. Because of laws, and because we are a compassionate nation, the physician will keep you alive as long as he can. If you had a chance, you might rather say if I am being hydrated and given nutrition but will never become conscious again, I give the doctors the authority to make the appropriate medical decision. The money that would save is in the ``gazillions'' of dollars--if there is such a number. It would help us to manage that cost.

See, Johnny you can not have it both ways. Can't drink from both wells. There is nothing wrong in what you stated about living wills. More and more Americans are following your EXACT advice and preparing their end of life wishes.

Johnny, I would respect you more for standing up to what is right, as you did yesterday in calling Sarah Palin a nut, because she is. To stretch living wills as death panels is too much of a stretch for most, and you stated so, but the heat from the Republicans, GOP, King Rush, Glenn Beck, Teabaggers, Birthers, Right Wing Extremists much be too much for you to bear. So, you opted to attempt to denounce everything you said.

I have repeatedly wrote, "the internet, email, twitter is a bitch". These tools constantly catch you when it is too late for your to catch yourself. It is out there Johnny-Boy and the President of the United States salute you, for standing on the right side of the aisle. For health care.

h/t Daily Kos

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