Demonize Sarah Palin and pay doctors to talk to people about “end of life” care. NPR is the master at promoting the government’s endgame.
Here’s how you do hardcore government propaganda: “Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues.” In this case, the propagandist is NPR. Your tax dollars at works, along with donations from Liberals and organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Remember so-called death panels?
When Congress debated the Affordable Care Act in 2009, the legislation included a provision that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors when they meet with patients to talk about end-of-life care.
But then Sarah Palin loudly argued that such payments would lead to care being withheld from the elderly and disabled.
When you listen to the story you hear NPR pushing hard for the government’s goals. They don’t make any pretense for being objective or neutral in the debate. You need end of life counseling and this needs to be specifically paid for by Medicare to make sure it happens.
They are right. People do need to consider what they want done in certain cases. You can’t go into a hospital anymore without the worry that you might have an accident that destroys your life but leaves you being prolonged in an incurable state from which there is no hope of recovery.
The best thing you can do is have a trusted loved one whom you can give the power to be your advocate in the hospital if you are unable to speak for yourself. A conversation with a doctor that ends with you signing forms that are supposed to cover all possible future contingencies seems like a second-rate alternative. I am sorry for the lonely souls that are forced to go that route.
So all the moral posturing for “nondirective counseling sessions” is unnecessary. We already know those can be helpful.
Of course, it would help if we could have a doctor whom we have known and trusted. With the government promoting insurance plans that limit our choices, and then forcing us all into different plans with Obamacare, after lying about what would happen, many of us are now getting this incredibly personal counseling from a stranger who thinks it is his or her job to tell us what is good for us. I just visited a doctor who I believe was trying to be nice and professional. But I was still essentially bullied in all sorts of ways. I can’t imagine having that level of conversation with her. That’s not going to happen.
But if we get it from Medicare we will soon find it is mandated for Obamacare insurance. Suddenly doctors will be promoting it in order to get a few more dollars of compensation.
More importantly, however, is that it is far easier to trust you will get “nondirective counseling” from a disinterested party. Obamacare has been making medical expenses go through the roof. They are going to try to start reducing the expense as soon as it is politically feasible to do so. If you can’t see what is coming you are engaging in willful blindness.
Privatize healthcare. Then, if we so wish, we can choose to talk about end-of-life care with a physician we trust—one who works for us, not the government/insurance cartel.