Obama Embraces 'Death Panel'

Concept in Medicare Rule

NEWSMAX.COM // Sunday, 26 Dec 2010

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Bonnie M. Wells

During the stormy debate over his healthcare plan, President Barack Obama promised his program would not "pull the plug on grandma" and Congress dropped plans for death panels and "end of life" counseling that would encourage aged patients from partaking in costly medical procedures.

Opponents of Obama's plan, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, dubbed such efforts as "death panels" that would encourage euthanasia.

But on December 3rd, the Obama administration seemingly flouted the will of Congress by issuing a new Medicare regulation detailing -- "voluntary advance care planning" that is to be included during patients' annual checkups. The regulation aimed at the aged "may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment," The New York Times reported.

The new provision goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011 and allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death. Critics say it is another attempt to limit healthcare options for the elderly as they face serious illness.

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner said during the healthcare debate that, “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”

Specifically, the measure was known as Section 1233 of the bill passed by the House in November 2009. It was not included in the final legislation, however. It allowed Medicare to pay for consultations about advance care planning every five years. In contrast, the new rule allows annual discussions as part of the wellness visit.

Elizabeth D. Wickham, executive director of LifeTree, a pro-life Christian educational ministry, told the Times, she was concerned that end-of-life counseling would encourage patients to forgo or curtail care, thus hastening death.

“The infamous Section 1233 is still alive and kicking,” Ms. Wickham said. “Patients will lose the ability to control treatments at the end of life.”

The rule was issued by Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to The New York Times. He is a longtime advocate for rationing medical procedures for the elderly.

Before being tapped by Obama to his Medicare post, Berwick had long applauded Britain's National Health Service, which uses an algorithm to determine if the aged are worthy of additional expenditure for medical care and advanced treatments.

Berwick has argued that rationing will have to eventually be implemented in the U.S, stating, “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care. The decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

Seniors appear to be a major target for precious resources under the Obama healthcare plan. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Obama plan cuts nearly $500 million in Medicare benefits to seniors as the federal government adds 30 million uninsured Americans to private and public health care systems.

The cost of caring for the elderly has not been lost on Berwick.

“The chronically ill and those towards the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here… there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place,” he said.

** During the heated healthcare debate, supporters of the Obama vigorously denied rationing for seniors would take place and scoffed at "death panel" critics like Palin.

Last month, however, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman told ABC News that rising Medicare costs could only be dealt with by "death panels and sales taxes."

He added: "Medicare is going to have to decide what it's going to pay for. And at least for starters, it's going to have to decide which medical procedures are not effective at all and should not be paid for at all. In other words, it should have endorsed the [death] panel that was part of the healthcare reform.’"

My Comments:

QUOTE: "** During the heated healthcare debate, supporters of the Obama vigorously denied rationing for seniors would take place and scoffed at "death panel" critics like Palin."

One of the biggest critics and the most verbally abusive and insulting people that I can think of on tv is Ed Shultz. EVERY single program he criticizes Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly or Sarah Palin -- or all three if they give him enough time. He's called them psycho; hate mongers; liars and many other names that these people do not deserve.

I have listened to O'Reilly and Beck for years now, and have yet to catch either one of these gentlemen in a lie of any kind. Why Ed Schultz wants to destroy them, while siding in with the people in Washington - many of which we people did not - and would not ever - elect, I just do not understand.

We are losing our nation, and the cold heartedness of our younger people is something else that I do not understand.

Then again, perhaps I do understand it. Too many years of the sheep standing back and saying nothing and allowing the psychopathic wolves of our nation to take it over.

It's no wonder the people in power in Marietta, Ohio could care less how many people are murdered by a psychopathic serial killer in our midst.

I saw the hatred and betrayal myself in 1996, and I'd done nothing to deserve such treatment.

Well, it looks to me like their turn is fast approaching. They too will be treated as low life individuals, unworthy of even living. So be it. I will go to my grave with the satisfaction of knowing I never stood in silence. I never cared who was right, what their lot in life was, how much money they had - I stood proudly beside them and fought as hard as I could fight for them.

My reward has been tremendous ..... lies piled on top of lies; slander; defamation of character and whatever they could throw at me. But, I told them then, and I tell you now --- I work for the Lord. He is my boss, and I go where I'm directed, and do as instructed. When they betray me, it is not I who will ultimately betray them.

Sincerely,

Bonnie M. Wells

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