Power Struggle

This is why this health care law must be repealed.

“Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir” (New York Times)

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.

Basically, the government will now pay doctors to talk with patients about their “end of life” care.

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.

Now, anyone can speak with their doctor at any time about how they want to live the rest of their life.  And they can plan for what to do when they get sick, before they get sick.  Nothing wrong with that.  The problem is when the government gets involved in that process.  They in essence send the doctor to initiate the talk.  What is there to prevent the doctor from suggesting – even strongly – that the patient plan a certain way?  If the government is going to pay the doctor for the talk, what is there to stop them from paying them to offer certain specific advice?

“Oh come on, that would never happen!”  Really?  In a socialized medicinal system, the same things always happen.  Despite the promises, the government can never pay for such a system to survive.  They have to make cuts somewhere.  These cuts are made in part by denying care to the terminally ill and the elderly.  And we see that process underway in America.  What a travesty!

But there is another outrage here, and that is the ability of the President to write into law whatever he wants after a bill has passed.  This specific part of the bill – because of public outcry – was dumped before it passed.  And now, Obama has put it back in.  Imagine the media’s reaction if George W. Bush had abused his power in this way.  They likely would have called for impeachment.

But we can look for more of this to happen in the next two years.  Now that Obama is faced with an opposition in Congress, he will simply shift his focus to executive power to get his agenda into law.  He will use various government agencies and their regulations, among other things, to bypass the legislature.  Don’t think it’ll happen?  It already has.

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