At your funeral guy blogs we have briefly mentioned Death Panels at other blog sites only because it appears to have been an Exercise in Political Extremism. Now through medicare regulation it appears that death panels may come into existence. This is controversial should Medicare help you decide how you should end your life?
This is a political, personal, and theological issue and is highly charged. But it is reality and must be reported.
End of life Planning is an important part of Funeral Planning.
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.
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- Medicare regulation revives end-of-life planning (dailycaller.com)
- Medicare regulation revives end-of-life planning (seattletimes.nwsource.com)