Obama To Enact End-Of-Life Plans For Medicare

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Editor’s Note – Brace yourself for the onslaught of media stories that should be coming out any day now proclaiming that Sarah Palin was right all along about ‘death panels’. 

Right?  Right??

This story also confirms what Glenn Beck has been saying for some time now that Cass Sunstein, Obama’s regulatory czar, is the most dangerous man in America.

Honestly, if you’ve been paying attention, this all comes as no surprise;

“We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in…”  Nancy Pelosi

“And therefore, when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make them up as we go along.”  Alcee Hastings

 

Obama To Enact End-Of-Life Plans For Medicare

NY Times

WASHINGTON – 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 Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

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.

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.

The administration said research had shown the value of end-of-life planning.

Opponents said the Obama administration was bringing back a procedure that could be used to justify the premature withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from people with severe illnesses and disabilities.

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