Via the New York Times, it appears that the Obama regime will revise a controversial Medicare regulation, removing references to end of life planning connected to the annual physicals funded under Obamacare.
While administration officials cited procedural reasons for changing the rule, it was clear that political concerns were also a factor. The renewed debate over advance care planning threatened to become a distraction to administration officials who were gearing up to defend the health law against attack by the new Republican majority in the House.
Although the health care bill signed into law in March did not mention end-of-life planning, the topic was included in a huge Medicare regulation setting payment rates for thousands of physician services. The final regulation was published in the Federal Register in late November. The proposed rule, published for public comment in July, did not include advance care planning.
An administration official, authorized by the White House to explain the mix-up, said Tuesday, “We realize that this should have been included in the proposed rule, so more people could have commented on it specifically.”
Maybe you remember this Facebook post by Sarah Palin, in August 2009. I frankly don’t care what you think about Sarah Palin’s politics, her qualifications for public office or her personality. One thing you can’t deny about the former Alaskan Governor, Vice Presidential Candidate, Fox News Analyst, reality show star and private citizen.
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
When she can change the national debate over major legislation with a single Facebook post or Tweet from her Twitter account, you have to admit that the woman has gravitas.
It appears that the firestorm she stirred two summers ago wasn’t as much sound and fury, signifying nothing as people thought it was.
The hockey mom remains an unpredictable and formidable force in American politics.