A healthcare ethics bill gets rare bipartisan support


Ensuring people can determine their own end-of-life care is a rare healthcare ethics issue bringing some Democrats and Republicans together.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., lawmakers on opposite ends of the abortion fight, are teaming up on a bill making it easier for people to plan how long they would like to receive care should they undergo a serious accident or life-threatening condition.

The legislation comes at a time when acceptance is growing for end-of-life planning, an issue some Republicans had used in the past to spark fears that care could be rationed or seniors might be discouraged from expensive but lifesaving treatments.

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