'Death Panels' Put On Ice; Let The Dialectic Begin

Update: Obamacare "Death Panel" Clause Resurrected In New Medicare Regulation; Begins 1-1-11 12-27-10 "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." [see post]
Administration reverses on end-of-life counseling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing a potentially controversial decision, the Obama administration will drop references to end-of-life counseling from the ground rules for Medicare's new annual checkup, a White House official said Wednesday.
The latest shift on the sensitive subject comes ahead of a vote next week in the new GOP-led House to repeal President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul. The decision is not likely to have much impact on patients and doctors already discussing options for care in the last stages of life.
The White House official said the administration is now pulling back the language because there wasn't enough chance for all sides to comment on the change. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss what has turned into an embarrassing episode for the administration.
However, many doctors and public health advocates believe the government should take a more direct role in encouraging people to plan ahead. They say it would save families the ordeal of having to make agonizing decisions when a loved one is incapacitated.
Opponents counter that such decisions are highly personal, and government should stay out. They worry that explicitly including end-of-life counseling in Medicare rules could send an indirect message that people facing serious illness should be nudged toward hospice care, giving up on seeking a cure.
re: "latest shift...all sides to comment"

Two steps forward, one step back. This is simply another classic example of the unending use of the Hegelian dialectic to incrementally forward radical agendas. The fact that the "death panel" clause was actually legal for four days has served the purpose of bringing this issue to the forefront, even though it was brought in through the back door, i.e. the last minute inclusion into the Medicare bill.

It is now front and center and with that it is no longer a 'dead' issue, but is in position for "all sides to comment". The doctors and public health advocates are weighing in already and the opponents are countering. This clash of opposites is designed to create opportunities for 'consensus', which translates into forward progress. Public perception is manipulated, imperceptibly to most, and the 'paradigm' is shifted point by point until the goal is accomplished. It always works.
The Brave New Worldlings are taking the 'death panels' to the next level. Acceptance. Do not be brainwashed. Rev. 18:4
Exodus 20:13 'Thou shalt not kill'

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