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Obama Creates Death Panels Rejected By Congress

Obama Creates Death Panels Rejected By Congress

DECEMBER 27, 2010

The Obama Administration has secretly crafted a new policy to implement the contentious death panels that Congress dropped under immense public pressure from legislation to take over the nation’s healthcare system.

Under regulations that will take effect in January, the administration will offer medical professionals monetary incentives to accelerate “end of life care,” which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment. Kept quiet by the administration and limited supporters in Congress, the deplorable policy was first reported by a mainstream newspaper on Christmas Day.

Slipped into a new Medicare decree, the measure directs the U.S. government to pay doctors to advise elderly sick patients to forego aggressive life-saving procedures and essentially lose the ability to control treatments at the end of life. The goal is to reduce costs by eliminating expensive medical procedures, even though Congress rejected the idea when it approved the healthcare law earlier this year. One prominent legislator called it “government-encouraged euthanasia.”

But the president and his leftwing advisers insist that research has proven that advance care planning is valuable and improves end-of-life medical care as well as patient and family satisfaction. It also reduces stress, anxiety and depression in surviving relatives, according to a preamble to the new Medicare regulation published in the newspaper that broke the story.

From the moment he embarked on the hostile takeover of the country’s health care system, Obama was committed to granting the government the power to decide who lives and who dies, a rationing measure at the center of his radical leftist agenda. In fact, Obama’s Health Czar, an Ivy League academic named Donald Berwick, has flat out said: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care, the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”


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