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.
Ridiculous that it had to be taken out to begin with. And kind of ridiculous that they are trying to keep this quiet instead of addressing it as loudly as Palin lied about it. But what really matters in the end is the policy and Obama seems to have won.