Jan 30 2006
01:00 pm

Retiring Tennessee Senator Bill Frist claims that he learned important lessions in the wake of Congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo matter. On Press The Meat this weekend:

"Well, I'll tell you what I learned from it, which is obvious. The American people don't want you involved in these decisions."

(Really? Huh. I'm surprised this never came up in his medical training...)

Now, in advance of his bid for the 2008 presidential nomination, Frist is attempting to distance himself from his previous remarks. (More on the flip...)

Congress passed a bill to allow a federal court to review the case, and President Bush returned from his Texas ranch to sign the bill into law. But a federal judge refused to order the tube reinserted.

Frist was later mocked as having made a video diagnosis. "I didn't make the diagnosis," Frist said yesterday. "I raised the question of whether or not she was in a persistent vegetative state."

He said, "When you're taking innocent life, with parents who want that life preserved, you've got to make sure, and therefore stepping in to say, let's take one more review, that's what we did."

Truth? Or truthiness?

"I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office," he said in a lengthy speech in which he quoted medical texts and standards. "She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli."

I vote truthiness. TVA needs to slap a generator on his bike, since he's backpedalling hard enough to supplant a few hundred megawatts of energy capacity.

Oh, in case you're wondering what might be motivating this shift: here's something I found which hasn't made the front page of the Tennessean. Apparently, Frist may face some challenges in attempting to return to private practice. He is currently under investigation by Tennessee's Department of Health for this bit of quackery:

The Tennessee Department of Health has responded to complaints into Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's (R-TN) 'diagnosis' of Florida's Terri Schiavo by videotape...

I'm not holding my breath, but realistically, TDoH could revoke his license to practice medicine.

Maybe this will give him pause the next time he has an opportunity to involve the government in deeply personal decisions.

WhitesCreek's picture

This is going to come as bad

This is going to come as bad news for all those people who sent in the videotape of their vegitative loved ones and are still waiting for a diagnosis.

Give it up, people...He got that last one wrong, anyway.

poopie's picture

Well duh, Fristie. Maybe

Well duh, Fristie. Maybe next time we'll knock you over your peanut head.

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