First- There is a mandate in this bill that requires every five years that you absolutely MUST participate in Advanced Care Planning. What??? Govt should have no role in our lives whatsoever as to whether or not we have end of life counseling every five years or at all for that matter. This is yet another example of government trying to claim more control and power over our lives. And the result of this will be taking away even more of our freedom.
WHETHER A PERSON CHOOSES END OF LIFE COUNSELING OR NOT, IS NOT ANY OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S DAMN BUSINESS!!
There are some items in this bill that would be good suggestions for citizens to take part in but should by no means be in this bill as a requirement. For the average citizen to have knowledge about such things as health care proxies, advanced directives, living wills and durable powers of attorney, and for them to be explained to you by a practitioner is a great idea, but this HAS NO PLACE BEING IN A HEALTH CARE BILL!
Ezekiel Emanuel M.D., P.H.D., the brother of Rahm Emanuel, is a leading opponent of euthanasia laws, sometimes called state-assisted suicide, and a proponent of a Guaranteed Healthcare Access Plan. Emanuel is acting as Special Adviser for Health Policy to Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I believe he is the driving force behind Obamacare and the main architect of the bill as well.
One provision of the bill states that the practitioner gives a person a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families with advance care planning, including the national toll-free hotline, the advance care planning clearinghouses, and State legal
In section 427 the bill talks about medical orders with regards to life sustaining treatment and how they are standardized all across the State. According to the bill certaiin agencies are involved in your decision making as well. Citizens are guided in their end of life decision making by a Coalition of Stake Holders which includes representatives from:
- emergency medical services,
- emergency department physicians or nurses,
- state long-term care association,
- state medical association,
- state surveyors,
- agency responsible for senior services,
- state department of health,
- state hospital association,
- home health association,
- state bar association,
- and state hospice association.
Coalition of Stake Holders = DEATH PANEL
The fact that this is state run and that the government is involved in a person/patient's decision making is extremely scary to me. Who knows whether the government, in order to save money will be promoting euthanasia. One of the top advisers to the President backs the use of euthanasia so I don't believe it a far stretch by any means to think that these panels would promote euthanasia in order to save the government money, especially if the person is under the government- run health care.
On Chuck Norris's article called Dirty Secret No. 2 in Obamacare he reveals more details regarding Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. And his bible for health care reform
is his book Healthcare, Guaranteed.
Chuck Norris says, "I find it far more than a coincidence how much Emanuel's book parallels Obamacare's philosophy, strategy and proposed legislation."
'First, Emanuel rejects any attempts at incremental change or reform to our health care system (Page 185).
Second, in the chapter "Opening the Door to Comprehensive Change," starting on Page 171 (which reads more like a political and mass-manipulating strategy than a health care manual), Emanuel drives home "a key political lesson: the need to rush the legislation through." (Seen this methodology being used lately?!)'
'Third, as Obama crusades around the country pitching Obamacare, he continues to avoid giving virtually any specific details of the program. That, too, is a strategy of Emanuel's: "Americans need to avoid the policy weeds. Focusing on details will only distract and create tangles and traps (Page 183).'
'Fourth, Emanuel describes a comprehensive government health care program that is run completely by a national health board and 12 regional health boards ("modeled on the Federal Reserve System" -- Page 83). Critics would say, "But that is not the national board as described in Obamacare or H.R. 3200." Not yet, anyway. Does anyone doubt that the duties and power of the national "Health Benefits Advisory Committee" will morph and grow over time? And what power will it wield when it is like the Federal Reserve?'
'Fifth, Emanuel believes in the "phasing out of Medicare (and) Medicaid (pages 88-89 and 94-95)." Could their eventual termination be the reason Obama's administration won't merely reform those programs to accommodate its universal health care desires?'
'Sixth, Emanuel believes in ending employer-based health care (pages 109-112).'
Seventh, Emanuel believes a universal health care program could be paid for by phasing out Medicare and Medicaid, adopting a value-added tax of at least 10 percent, etc., and then allowing Americans themselves to "pay extra with after-tax dollars" (Page 100) for additional medical benefits (beyond the government program).
Chuck Norris states that wherever the money comes from, we will eventually PAY.
'Eighth, enough has been written lately about Emanuel's end-of-life counsel and consultation, including withholding his advice from The Hastings Center Report (in 1996) that medical care should be withheld from those "who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens. ... An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." '
So, with the knowledge of this information about Ezekiel Emanuel, and with him being the Special Adviser for Health Policy to the White House,
I do believe that the End Of Life Counseling would essentially be "Death Panels."