Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

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    well well

    By ROBERT PEAR
    Published: December 25, 2010

    LinkedinDiggMixxMySpaceYahoo! BuzzPermalink.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.

    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.

    read it all.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/us/politics/26death.html?_r=2&hp
     
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    I told you guys
     
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    Good!

    When my time comes, I hope I'll be able to check out with a bit dignity.
     
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    "Told you guys", what?
     
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    I love the hypocrisy of Republicans. It's so expected, so normal, so "them".

    Remember when Sarah Palin endorsed April 16th 2008 as “Healthcare Decisions Day” for the state of Alaska? It was the same end of life counseling that Republicans now call euthanasia.

    It's like the stimulus package. Republicans were against it, then show up at ribbon cuttings to "take credit" for it.

    They have no ideas. All they have is nothing, except to take credit for what Democrats accomplish.

    It really is pathetic. Seriously pathetic.
     
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    Wtf are you babbling about
     
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    Stephanie quit while you are ahead, you have no clue what you are talking about. ;)

    First off this programs would be good, especially now that baby boomers are starting to get dementia and alzheimers. These doctors will only be ADVISING on what a patient should do when they are close to death, so maybe they don't waste large amounts of money on treatments that will not help, or could speed up the death process.
     
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    The doctors were not be compensated before. ;)
    When someone is in the last year of their life, they can have more than one care meeting. If the doctor can help the family come to the conclusion that their mother doesn't need chemo, because she is going to die from dementia anyways, and the doctor then comes up with a directive for their end of life care, they should be compensated for their work.
     
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    Do a search on: Sarah Palin endorsed April 16th 2008 as “Healthcare Decisions Day”

    Google

    You guys sit in front of a computer, use it!!!!

    NOTE: This is not copyrighted material. This is out of Sarah Palin's document "Health Care Decisions Day" which she signed when she was governor of Alaska.

    WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions.

    WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives, as well as to encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with advance directives.

    WHEREAS, the Foundation for End of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and executing advance directives.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/13/palin-deathpanel-flipflop/ If you copy and paste, you link-Meister
     
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