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“We un­der­stand that many Repub­li­cans were elected this month be­cause of their vow to re­peal Oba­macare. As a news­pa­per that op­posed con­gres­sional pas­sage of the health­care over­haul, we too had prob­lems with the bill. But it would be a mis­take for Repub­li­cans to try to pull it up by the roots. For one thing, Repub­li­cans don’t have the votes. … For an­other thing, there are el­e­ments of the leg­is­la­tion to like ... They need to fix the se­ri­ous flaws so health­care can be sub­stan­tially im­proved for all Amer­i­cans.”

— Dal­las Morn­ing News “There’s noth­ing wrong with peo­ple in­sist­ing that doc­tors keep try­ing to hold back their death with ag­gres­sive in­ter­ven­tions, no mat­ter how bad the side ef­fects may be or how di­min­ished their fac­ul­ties. ... What the Dart­mouth study shows, though, is that ‘there is no con­sis­tent pat­tern of care or ev­i­dence that treat­ment pat­terns fol­low pa­tient pref­er­ences.’ In other words, un­less peo­ple strongly as­sert their pref­er­ences, their end-of-life care will largely be de­ter­mined by the pre­vail­ing cus­toms of their com­mu­ni­ties.”

— Los An­ge­les Times

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