Sh-h don’t tell the folks that death panels aren’t a myth after all

Quietly tucked into Obama’s Fed-Med legislation, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will reimburse doctors treating seniors and others with critical medical conditions for advising patients on options for end-of-life care — including advance directives to forgo life-sustaining treatment.

“Advance care planning improves end-of-life care and patient and family satisfaction and reduces stress, anxiety and depression in surviving relatives,” the administration says in the preamble to the Medicare regulation.

And if you’re a doctor counseling your patients against life-prolonging treatment, you get your wallet fattened.

Oregon Democrat U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer addressed the issue succinctly in an email : “While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet. This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

According to his e-mail he asked that the proposal to be kept under wraps: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

His intentional deception continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the author of the original end-of-life proposal, is rated as a far-left Democrat according to GovTrack’s analysis of bill sponsorship.

The New York Times carries the full report here.

Sorry, Mr. Blumenauer, your deception has been discovered.

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5 Responses to Sh-h don’t tell the folks that death panels aren’t a myth after all

  1. Braveheart says:

    Democrats have taken on the role of “Angel of Death.” Very creepy for a political party, but it’s all about money. Grandma becomes a costly inconvenience? Turn her off!

  2. Realist says:

    If the new congress doesn’t take up the challenge to abolish BHO’s entire healthcare bill…WE THE PEOPLE should start an insurrection against the new congress!!!

  3. Kent says:

    How do patients build and maintain trust with their family physicians when they know the doctor is getting government money (that’s OUR $$) to encourage them to pull the plug on their loved ones or themselves? This is bizarre.

  4. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    A few of the patient “rights” under the lunatic-left d-crat socialist healthcare nationalization, rationing, taxation and abortion atrocity:

    1. you have a “right” to be taxed to death if you don’t pay for government-run obamacare
    2. you have a “right” to be put into prison if you don’t pay the IRS penalty for not getting obamacare
    3. you have a “right” to go without medical care when ALL doctors refuse to take any new patients under obamacare.
    4. you have a “right” to pay for your obamacare out of your own pocket when your employer cancels your healthcare.
    5. you have a “right” to die when the obamacare death panel refuses your treatment

    Be afraid – be very afraid – of d-crat socialist healthcare.

  5. Kathy says:

    How about all those who are for death panels & “end of life counseling” (pull the plug on grandma) be the first to take the death plunge?? Just imagine how many lives they would save if they acted on what they try to force on everyone else. You think Rep. Blumenauer would take the first step? – NOT.