After reading a recent “conversation” regarding what was called Obama’s health bill, I decided to read that particular section of the bill. Sorry, Sarah, no “death panel.” Sorry, Rush and others, no “euthanasia counseling sessions.”
In reality, the bill, for the first time, allows Medicare to pay for doctor’s appointments for patients to discuss living wills and other end-of-life issues. You’ll notice that I didn’t say “life ending.” That, for reasons we all can guess, is the interpretation used to frighten folks who might be making some of those decisions in the future.
My wife decided a few years ago that we should consider some of the major decisions we had to make for ourselves and for our children. We now have a financial plan, advanced directives, including living wills, and durable powers of attorney. We have made arrangement with the Neptune Society to deal with all the necessary arrangements after we’re gone. That was done to help our children. All they have to do is decide where to plant us and follow our directions as to the music ... Elvis?
We also have discussed hospice and palliative care, home health, long term care, Meals on Wheels, and various other issues which will arise in the future. These are the things that will be discussed at the “counseling sessions.”
Don’t fear this health care bill. Get the facts, not someone’s effort to kill the bill by scare tactics. I’d write more but, I just heard the rumor that “the sky is falling.”
Donn C. Morris