The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 15, 1989 - Page 7
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Fif-
teen years have elapsed, but a "right
to die" bill is still packing a full
house of people testifying whether a
patient advocate should make deci-
sions on behalf of an incapacitated
The measure passed the full
House just three months ago before
it died from Senate inaction.
But Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor), chair of the House Judiciary
Committee, said yesterday a vote
would not be taken on the bill
"thanks to the number of people
who are still quibbling about it."
Action is likely next week.
Representatives from a number of
religious, political and educational
institutions testified on the measure.
And Rep. Nick Ciaramitaro (D-
Roseville) introduced 17 amend-
ments to the bill, sponsored by Rep.
David Hollister (D-Lansing) who has
worked on the issue for 15 years in-
cluding 12 years with legislation.
Only one amendment is the sub-
ject of much attention.
The bill would allow healthy
people to designate another party to
make medical decisions on their be-
half if they become unable to do so
themselves. That patient advocate
could carry out the desires stated by
the healthy people- such as cutting
off artificial life support systems- if
they become incapacitated.
Ciaramitaro's amendment asks
that food and water be excluded from
consideration as medical treatment.
He said nourishment should be
withheld only under certain circum-
stances, such as when a terminally
ill patient's death is imminent or the
feeding is painful.
Bush commits to alleviating
S&L industry crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration
vowed yesterday to fight any effort by savings and loan
lobbyists to preserve their close relationship with fed-
eral regulators and said it's ready to work with
Congress to gain speedy passage of the president's
plan to deal with the industry's crises.
Richard Breeden, Bush's top adviser on S&Ls, said
the president's proposal to restructure the thrift regula-
tory system is inseparable from any infusion of tax-
And, in an interview at the White House, he vowed
to "spare no effort" in helping Congress meet Bush's
challenge to pass the S&L program in 45 days.
"If we have to burn the midnight oil and work late
and work hard, then we'll do it," he said.
Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Mich.), chair of the Senate
Banking Committee, and Sen. Jake Garn of Utah, the
committee's senior Republican, have already agreed to
introduce the administration program.
An inch-thick draft of the bill was sitting on Bree-
den's desk yesterday and he said it was likely it would
be submitted to Congress next week. He described the
tone of discussion on the issue between the
administration and legislators as excellent.
"I hope things will go smoothly, but I don't want
to be unrealistic," he said. "We are proposing some
profound long-run changes in the regulatory system."
Last week, Bush proposed spending $126 billion
over the next decade to close or sell failed thrift
associations, $40 billion of it a direct charge against
the taxpayers and federal budget.
He also would wrap the independent Federal Home
Loan Bank Board, which regulates the nation's 3,000
S&Ls, into the Treasury Department and merge the
staff of the S&L deposit insurance fund into the larger
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which guarantees
commercial bank accounts.
Thrift industry officials have denounced the restruc-
turing plan as a power-grab by the Treasury Depart-
ment and have vowed to fight it. Rep. Frank Annunzio
(D-Illinois), chair of the House Banking subcommittee
with jurisdiction over S&Ls, has promised to help
Breeden said, however, that the bank board, as an
independent agency, has a "long history of a close
relationship with the industry it regulates."
"The president wants to be able to say toI
American public that we are ensuring that this will
happen again and he can't make that promise if
agency that has responsibility for oversight isn't;
countable to him," Breeden said.
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"We support the amendment say-
ing food and water cannot be re-
moved if the purpose is to cause the
patient's death if the patient is not
terminally ill," said Ed Rivet, legs
islative director for Michigan Right
to Life. "We don't believe food and
water are the same as other medical
"We don't think you can logically
compare a respirator to a feeding
tube. A respirator simulates a lung,
whereas a feeding tube does not
simulate a stomach. There must be a
line somewhere that says this is ba-
sic human care," said Rivet.
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