Remember how this colossal lie went viral and almost derailed hopes for Health Care reform of any kind? Remember how some on the left went viral in their criticism of Obama and the Democrats for not having a spine when they dropped the provision?
In a quiet little coup, "the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1."
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.
Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.
The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.
Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.As mentioned on this blog a time or two, Obama doesn't seem to be one of those flamboyant types who likes to make big-production announcements before the cameras with 10 or 20 blind loyalists standing in formation around him. Nor does he have a propensity for disgracing himself by turning on the water works. Instead, his MO seems to be to work quietly behind the scenes with as little fanfare as possible. Yeah, he can be pretty "cool" alright.