Sneaking’death panels’ into ObamaCare

Posted on December 28, 2010

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During the debate over Obamacare last year, controversy erupted over a Medicare provision related to end-of-life consultations with doctors…. Following well-publicized criticism from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin concerning government “death panels,” the provision was promptly dropped…. But now the New York Times reports that it has been resurrected in new Medicare regulations.
There is both a right and a wrong reason to be outraged about this. Some have responded with the charged term coined by Palin, but this criticism is misplaced in the present instance. “Death panel” is entirely justified when used in reference to another provision of Obamacare — the Independent Payment Advisory Board whose members will attempt to save money by making one-size-fits-all recommendations for skimping on care protocols and treatment regimes, particularly for older patients.
 
This new regulation merely provides that Medicare will pay for annual consultations in which, among other things, a patient can discuss with a doctor what should be done in the event he finds himself in extremis and cannot communicate. In itself, this should not be morally objectionable. No church of which we are aware (certainly no mainline Protestant denomination or the Catholic Church) places a moral obligation on doctors or patients to prolong life through heroic or extraordinary means, irrespective of the patient’s wishes. All recognize a distinction between intentionally causing the death of someone (for example, by poisonous injection or dehydration) and merely allowing a dying person to pass away.
What is objectionable about the end-of-life regulation is that President Obama and his minions refused to defend it when it first became public and dropped it like a hot potato last year, only to sneak it back in under the cover of regulatory darkness this year. This is part of a broad pattern of opacity and deception, coming from the same White House that opened its visitor logs only after being forced to do so by Judicial Watch’s threat of continuing litigation, then began holding meetings with lobbyists and special interest groups in a nearby coffee bar to avoid disclosure

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