Is anyone out there just a little creeped out by the federal government’s decision to get involved in end-of-life counseling? Well, you should be. Donald Berwick, the death panels czar, has decreed that the government will officially encourage old people to kill themselves.
Essentially, the Obama administration is saying to old people: take a long walk off a short pier.
As Joseph Klein noted here at NewsReal Blog,
the Obama administration is planning to enact a new Medicare regulation, effective January 1, 2011, under which the government will pay doctors who advise elder patients annually on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment. In other words, the Obama administration will ensure that doctors will be incentivized to badger Grandma year after year whether she wants to pull the plug rather than seek treatment if and when she becomes seriously ill.
That’s the problem with government-run medicine. Governments inevitably try to save money on care by giving the Soylent Green treatment to all those pesky old geezers.
And why not? When you’re old you’re expensive to care for, you don’t pay as much in taxes as you used to, you’re not going to be around much longer to complain about the substandard government care you receive — plus, and this is a concern for Democrats, you tend to vote Republican.
As President Obama said, it’s better to just give you a painkiller instead of dealing with your medical condition. Why not just save that money for the truly important things, like welfare and grants to ACORN?
If present trends continue, in the future Uncle Sam will put you on an ice floe and let you float away to your heavenly reward. Medical decisions should be made by patients, their families, and their doctors, not by government bureaucrats, but that’s ObamaCare for you.
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