Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
When asked if Palin is right on the death panel provision, Hanretty said, “Obviously, there is nothing in the bill that says death panel. I think that is some heated rhetoric. You know I don’t really understand why anyone would have a problem with going to your physician and, sitting down with your physician and having a conversation about hospice and living wills, certainly my parents have done that, and I also think that if you truly believe that your physician is going to pressure you to end your life early, you should get a new physician.”
Since Karen Hanretty used truth and logic in a discussion instead of irrational fear, this video is a good chance to bring up the point that although the right wing fringe screams the loudest, there are a few rational Republicans left in the party. Whether or not these Republicans have a place in the leadership of the current GOP is a significant question.
If more Republicans would approach the healthcare debate honestly, instead of fear mongering, the outcome would be a bipartisan bill. However, Republicans aren’t interested in any healthcare bill. They want to say no to everything. It is nice to see a Republican tell the elderly that Barack Obama isn’t going to direct their doctor to kill them.