Mr Daines has self-identified and acts as a member of the so-called "tea party caucus." As such, he voted nearly four dozen times to deny health insurance coverage to thousands of Montana citizens. He voted to shut down the government, thus costing taxpayers an unnecessary 24 BILLION dollars. Montana taxpayers are on the hook for a share of that. Then he voted against re-opening government operations so that wasted expenditure would keep piling up.
Mr Daines keeps mouthing platitudes about listening and serving Montana citizens, but I haven't seen even one instance of that. Instead, he has voted consistently in the House to serve the interests of far-right extremists at the expense of the people who elected him.
Dr Kress has displayed extraordinary and thoughtful courage in his medical practice. Now he shares that thoughtfulness and courage publicly with his testimony before the Legislature. I can't imagine a more principled and upright commitment to the best interests of his patients.
Ms Dore, predictably, intrudes into Montana's consideration of this issue with yet more dire predictions, ridiculous exaggerations, and outright lies. She fought against the establishment of Washington's law that provides guidelines and oversight of this vital patient right. She lost. She has continued trying to undermine the law and harrassing patients and doctors. She keeps losing.
Ms Dore is a fundamentalist zealot who wants to use government to impose her narrow beliefs on people who don't agree with them. She will continue to lose.
I guess that explains why the Legislature is so determined to not expand Medicaid eligibility. With all that free roadkill available, why would 60,000 people need better access to health care?
@D - Have you heard the observation from FDR that "Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth."?
Look at who is claiming that the AR-15 was not the primary weapon used by Lanza. The usual gun addicts, conspiracy nuts wearing tinfoil hats, NRA shills, and...........Fox Fraudcasting.
As WC Fields remarked, "Never smarten up a chump." You should keep that in mind as you listen to the AM radio idiots, and watch the youtube videos put together by people crazier than Lanza. They're not usually dealing too much with actual facts or reality.
@Scott - "Communist propaganda programming from CNN" Really?? Better add another layer of tinfoil to your hat. I think the voices must still be getting through.
And you still haven't provided the slightest valid support for your claims. Which certified non-communist source of information gains your trust? Fox fraudcasting? Glen Beck and his magic chalkboard? Alex Jones with the endless ranting about UN agendas, black helicopters, and mind control from the chemicals in the passenger jet contrails?
@Scott - Since you're the one making the claim that all the official reports are incorrect about the weapon Lanza used, you're the one who should provide credible substantiation.
On CNN -
"The primary weapon used in the attack was a "Bushmaster AR-15 assault-type weapon," said Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance. The rifle is a Bushmaster version of a widely made AR-15, the civilian version of the M-16 rifle used by the U.S. military. The original M-16 patent ran out years ago, and now the AR-15 is manufactured by several gunmakers. Unlike the military version, the AR-15 is a semiautomatic, firing one bullet per squeeze of the trigger. But like the M-16, ammunition is loaded through a magazine. In the school shooting, police say Lanza's rifle used numerous 30-round magazines."
Now provide some valid support for your snarky remarks or acknowledge that you were just parroting the garbage spewed out by the AM radio idiots.
I can understand Dr Robertson's confusion, since she is trying to compare life circumstances that are entirely different, and doctor/patient relationship that couldn't be less similar.
When a patient is terminally ill, facing weeks or even months of untreatable agony, they have a right to get from their physician a realistic and honest prognosis. If the prognosis is negative, they have a right to consider their options, and to ask the physician for counseling on those options.
There is nothing in current or proposed practice that requires a physician to urge any particular course on the patient. There's no "steering people to suicide in Montana", and over 14 years of experience in Oregon with its 'Death with Dignity' law have provided ample proof that guidelines can be crafted that protect the patient and the doctor.
False comparisons, fabricated horror stories, and dire predictions of fictitious "abuse" don't serve to protect anyone.
If Dr Robertson is concerned about protecting terminally ill patients, her time and efforts might be better spent working to improve Montana's protection of the elderly in abusive home environments or poorly-monitored assisted living facilities. Perhaps she might question the adequacy of the Dept of Health and Human Services' budget for those protections. I'm sure there are members of the Legislature who would be glad to take part in such consideration.
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