David Whelan, writing in Forbes, says the administration’s health care proposal is drawing criticism from disability rights advocates for a set of proposals pertaining to end-of-life care.
The bill would authorize Medicare to pay for a consultation between a patient and a doctor or nurse, to discuss how much or little medical care is desired in the event of incapacitation. An excerpt:
Opponents of ObamaCare argue that this five-page section of a 1,000-page bill is actually an attempt to pressure senior citizens into opting out of expensive live-saving therapy.
It brings to mind Boomsday, a 2007 satirical novel by ForbesLife editor at large Christopher Buckley, in which the government solves its fiscal problems by offering tax breaks to those who kill themselves before retirement age.