The Obama White House has backed off expressly including end-of-life counseling as part of annual well visits for seniors on Medicare.
That is a victory for Americans of all ages who spoke out against this government intrusion in how and when we die. But two problems remain to be solved: the government’s attempts to script what is said between doctor and patient on this issue, and government’s heavy-handed efforts to motivate doctors financially to push patients into end-of-life counseling.
Under the Obama health law (section 936), government is developing and widely disseminating “decision aids”; that is, brochures and the like for Medicare patients on how and when to die. That is not the government’s business.