When I read this, I knew there'd be hell to pay for President Obama. It also impressed the hell out of me. It's political... courage.
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.
No question the president knew what would be coming. Shit like this. And yet, because it's the right thing, he presses on, politics be damned. That's leadership. That's guts, or some other slightly more southerly anatomical metaphor.
I read your article about “end-of-life planning” and I am completely appalled. I have been a longtime supporter of President Obama, but it appears as if death panels are becoming a reality.
My mom, 93, recently received a diagnosis of colon cancer, and her doctors recommended an operation to remove the tumor. It was successful and she can now expect to live several more years.
Who are we, or any doctor, or any president to judge when the end of life is and when to deny aggressive care?What a shame. How sad to be so misinformed.
That the lady of the letter is so misinformed is not entirely her fault. For one thing, there's confusion -- because our fourth estate is so damned incompetent -- between end of life directives and the concept of effectiveness research. Though very different (and useful) ideas, such intellects as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have used the concepts interchangeably in their race to the bottom of the pickle barrel of demagogues. Because they're cynical assholes (to use diagnostic terminology), I doubt it's accidental.