The text of the amendment that was voted down on party lines in the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, states:
“The Center shall not develop Quality-Adjusted Live Year measures or any other methodologies for the denial of Medicare benefits to patients against their wishes (or if the patient is incompetent, against the wishes of the patient’s surrogate) on the basis of the patient’s age or expected length of life or of the patients present or predicted disability, degree of medical dependency or quality of life.”
To view the actual amendment, click here.
Here is the Roll Call vote:
Purpose: To prohibit the development of healthcare rationing methods.
Not Agreed to (13-10)