06 January 2011

Obama's Death Panels

Has our president realized that his death panels will not win him reelection? Doubtful! But for the second time he has pulled Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life counseling. Comments by Sarah Palin caused the first one enacted in 2009 to be pulled.

Now the second one introduced as a regulation in November 2010 has been pulled. This one reemerged after the passage of the Accountable Care Act and was also to have reimbursed physicians for an annual wellness visit with Medicare patients, an extension of the of the welcome to Medicare visit already in place. It went into effect on January 1, 2011, but on January 4, 2011, it was suddenly pulled.

I cannot help but wonder how long before it will again be placed back on the books and our president will undoubtedly try to sneak it in again. We can only hope that the new congress will carefully watch this and kill it if again it is put on the books as law by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Read the article here and decide for yourself if you are in favor of these “death panels” or legal euthanasia.

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