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Senator Susan Collins
11 July 2013

Noted health economist Uwe Reinhardt once observed that "Americans are the only people on earth who believe that death is negotiable."  Advancements in medicine, public health, and technology have enabled more and more of us to live longer and healthier lives. When medical treatment can no longer promise a continuation of life, however, patients and their families should not have to fear that the process of dying will be marked by preventable pain, avoidable distress, or care that is inconsistent with their values and needs.

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