Death Panels are the logical conclusion of government involvement in health care
OK, they're not actually "death panels" at all, but the title got you to keep reading...
People shouldn't be upset at the idea of government doing what it must do to control costs once government takes control of health care (or anything else.) The recent rule issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services paying for end of life counseling, presumably against "heroic measures" and encouraging "pull the plug", is not primarily objectionable because of its content but rather because it all but mirrors a provision specifically removed from Obamacare because it was politically unacceptable. So, it's the process rather than the content that's the big problem.
What conservatives and libertarians should be doing with this news is not grousing about end of life counseling but instead pointing out that this is the necessary consequence of government-run health care, and that if people want health care to be paid for by taxpayer money instead of by the people actually consuming the health care services, then it's only fair to taxpayers for government to do what it can to control costs.
End of life decisions are not inherently objectionable. We all must make them, with due consideration to the value of the high amount of money to be spent frequently to prolong a life by a short amount of time. What is objectionable is that we see the spectre of government making them. But how could it be otherwise when the claim that something is a "right" puts the government in a position of redistributing wealth to distribute that "right"?
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