Yup. They be back. (Warning: NYT article conveniently posted on Christmas Day).
And the best part?
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.
The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.
Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.
While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress.
And this, from an O-bot who helped get this enacted:
“We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded….The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”
Yeah. Real fucking awesome, you fucking fuckmonkeys. Fuck you for lying and trying to hide your fucking evil plans. Fuck you for trying to go around Congress. Fuck you for trying to go around the American voters who fucking fucked your party so hard in November, Ron Jeremy couldn’t cause a sensation in your collective fucked over fuckgashes at this moment. Fuck you for thinking that you should have the final fucking say over when somebody should die. Fuck you for thinking depriving folks of medicine is fucking awesome. And stratofuck you back into deorbitage with festering spacejunk for trying to ruin every life in this country to satisfy your statist goals.
Oh, and any fucking RINO or squishy moderate who goes anywhere near supporting this shit, or refusing to defund it, needs to be taught an electoral lesson with the pulsing primary pole of party fuckitude so soundly, Bob Bennet will stand back and admire it. And as a person who has seen how medicine can save lives when applied and not restricted, I will personally lead the charge to goatse any career with the fuckrod of flying fuckfury who doesn’t fight it.
So fuck you, Death Panel Ghouls. Fuck your supporters. And fuck anybody who doesn’t try to stop it.