In 2008 George W. Bush VETOED a bill that included paying for “end of life counseling.” The story raging over the InterTubes is that Bush enacted the law without a veto. That’s not true. Congress overrode a Bush veto, and then Bush had no choice but to sign it into law. Democrat strategist Kirsten Powers insists the veto is not true. She credits Bush with Death Panels. She is wrong, again.
Under the new ObamaCare, the feds will pay doctors to hold “end-of-life-care” discussions. Such discussions provide payment to doctors not through the legislation, but through rules currently being written. ObamaCare could not pass as legislation with “end of life care” in the bill, so it was removed from the bill.
No worries, however, this corrupt administration is simply deeming it so through the written rules that will govern how ObamaCare works and is funded.
Liberals and their adoring media are blaming crediting end-of-life counseling go George W. Bush. They credit the man who fought to defeat it, but was forced to sign the legislation into law.
If you are a Democrat, are you ignoring that your man, Obama, tried to get end- of-life counseling into his health care law and couldn’t. Do you get it? It’s not law! Even Democrats didn’t want it.
Susan Hillier at BigGovernment tells us how the veoted, but overridden 2008 bill, was written:
The bill dealt with doctors’ reimbursements and more, but the Democrats slipped in the end-of-life planning by opening up the Social Security Act, which I have stated many times is dangerous. Once the act is changed, it is difficult to amend again and allows for tinkering with the Medicare fee schedule and covered services definitions and requirements
(1) IN GENERAL- Section 1861(ww) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(ww)) is amended–
(A) in paragraph (1)–
Do you see the irony here? Democrats are ducking behind Bush, using him dishonestly, to take the heat off of themselves.
Kirsten Powers appeared on Hannity last week when Tucker Carlson filled-in. Here’s the transcript of that discussion about “end-of-life” legislation, or the lack of it. I’ll have the video soon.
Transcript courtesy of Hot Air:
SCHLAPP: And government itself, let me tell you, the language here right, the language is different. They made the language worse, instead of doing this once every five years, now the Obama administration is allowing this to happen every year and actually reimbursing doctors to do it every year. So, that’s quite a slight of hand. And doesn’t government — aren’t they a little conflicted here? They have to find this huge health care savings for seniors at the same time they’ve become the counselors to seniors in their end of care decisions?
POWERS: Where was your outrage in 2008 when the Bush administration said that Medicare would reimburse end of life counseling?
SCHLAPP: It was a veto that was overridden by the Democrats. So, I give President Bush credit for vetoing that bill.
POWERS: No, it was a 2008 law. I mean, I don’t know what are talking about.
SCHLAPP: Yes, that became law over the president’s veto.
POWERS: No, that’s not true.
Kirsten, Kirsten, Kirsten! (read the entire transcript here.)
If you partially fund health care with the early death of seniors or critically ill, then these discussion turn into death panels.
Absent that, Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick (a Democrat senate wouldn’t confirm him) is a champion of rationing which can create it’s own brand of government death panels.
Berwick has said collective overriding individual self-interest can reduce per capita costs, for-profit entrepreneurial providers of medical imaging, renal dialysis and outpatient surgery may find their business opportunities “constrained,” under his plan, and he would standardize health care to “above clinician autonomy,” [independent of the doctor’s advice, or free from the doctor’s advice]. That will be Government’s autonomy.
Berwick is Obama’s man. Democrats didn’t want him. Obama had to force him into the position of heading-up Medicare and Medicaid.
This has been a tough year for Kirsten Powers. Remember this? The blonde bombs again.