by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism
Certainly there is much truth in the old saying, "where there is a will there is a way." The ever-growing statist bureaucracy, aka the United States Government, continues to circumvent the will of the people.
The provision in ObamaCar - Section 1233 - that would have mandated government payment for end-of-life counseling is back. Coined "death panels" by Sarah Palin, this onerous provision created such public concern over the possibility of rationing that it was dropped from the final bill.
However, not to be deterred, the provision found its way back -- this time buried in new Medicare regulations. The regulation provides for end-of-life counselling during regular annual wellness visits. The regulations were issued a month ago but kept quiet until just recently.
Author of Section 1233, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) was delighted. Here is what he had to say:
"Mr. Blumenauer's office celebrated 'a quiet victory,' but urged supporters not to crow about it," reports the New York Times. Deathly quiet. In early November, his office sent an e-mail plea to supporters: "We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists . . . e-mails can too easily be forwarded." They had been lucky that "thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it. . . . The longer this [regulation] goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it."
It is resoundingly clear that we no longer have a government that represents us, but rather a regulatory giant that is capable of forcing whatever the state wishes to use to increase its power down our throats. Bureaucratic regulatory statism at it worst, right here at home in the good ole USA!
Charles Krauthammer has an excellent article in Today's Washington Post, you can read it here.
Cross posted to Rational Nation USA.