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Reply #161: I absolutely agree with that, hence my somewhat cynical comment. [View All]

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Mother Smuckers Donating Member (277 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 10:43 AM
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161. I absolutely agree with that, hence my somewhat cynical comment.
But the reality is that the "fundies" wield a HUGE amount of political power, that's just how it is and we can't deny facts, I don't think. And yes, it does seem that these few crumbs are enough for the cheering section even though they have no force in law. This bit from the memo is worrisome to me:

"The rulemaking should take into account the need for hospitals to restrict visitation in medically appropriate circumstances as well as the clinical decisions that medical professionals make about a patient's care or treatment."

I'm not at all sure some hospitals wouldn't invent some obscure "medical reason" to exclude, for example, a person not related by "blood." It would not be the first time bigots found some quirk or loophole to exercise their agendas.
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