When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system.
But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.
Under the new policy, outlined in a which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care,
Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.
The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law byin March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.
Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.
While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT PAYS FOR SENIORS' HEALTHCARE AND YOUR PENSION, THEN THEY GET A DOUBLE WINDFALL WHEN SENIORS DIE;
THEREFORE, THE SOONER SENIORS DIE THE BETTER.
REDUCING END -OF-LIFE CARE AND ENCOURAGING SENIORS TO DIE SOONER IS A GOAL OF OBAMA AND THE LEFT - IT'S HOW THEY INTEND TO SAVE MONEY.
IT'S HOW OBAMA AND THE LEFT INTEND TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS.
A LEFTIST TRIFECTA.
ABORTIONS AND EUTHANASIA CAN HELP THE LEFT REDUCE GLOBAL HUMAN POPULATION - ANOTHER LONG-TERM GOAL OF THE LEFT.
DECIDING TO REFUSE CARE IS FINE - POPE JOHN PAUL 2 DID IT. IT'S FINE IF THE DECISION IS MADE BETWEEN THE PATIENT, HIS DOCTOR AND HIS G-D.
WHAT'S WRONG IS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED -
OR WHEN THE DOCTOR INVOLVED NO LONGER IS CARING FOR THE PATIENT AS MUCH AS HE IS WATCHING THE BUDGET,
OR BEING MORE MINDFUL OF PUBLIC HEALTH THAN OF THE PATIENT'S HEALTH.
UNFORTUNATELY, OBAMACARE HAS US HEADED TOWARD DEATH PANELS: GETTING SENIORS TO FORGO MEDICAL CARE FOR THE "COMMON GOOD".
THIS IS A MAJOR REASON IT MUST BE ERADICATED.