BOHEMIA, NY, Dec 29 – The Association of Mature American Citizens, AMAC, is calling on Democrats and Republicans in Congress to remove several “sneak attack provisions in the health care reform law”

The first allows the government to influence end-of-life decisions made by seniors, AMAC president Dan Weber explains, noting that The New York Times reported Sunday that the law authorizes Medicare regulators to begin reimbursing physicians for end-of-life counseling starting January 1st.

“This is an incentive for conducting deathbed counseling,” says Weber. “The reform law initially contained a specific provision for this type of counseling but it was taken out when lawmakers concluded it could lead to the establishment of government run ‘death panels’ as a means of reducing the cost of life-support care for seniors with chronic conditions.”

As Fox News put it; “Most health costs come at the end of life, and convincing more seniors to pull their own plugs in advance would represent huge savings.”

Meanwhile, Section 3007 of the law exacerbates the incentive, he notes, because it will pay physicians more money when they lower the cost of care.  “Thus, doctors who receive Medicare payments stand to gain financially if their patients die sooner. This is a disgraceful provision that goes against common sense and could rob patients of life saving treatments,” Weber warns.

He describes these provisions as “insidious elements of the law whose backers would keep them secret.  In fact, he points out, both Fox and the Times report that overt efforts have been made to discourage public discussion of the new regulation for fear of provoking opposition.

Weber says that “ AMAC will be in the forefront of the opposition.  We are outraged at the sneaky way the procedure was resurrected by supporters in Congress and we demand that this and all other regulatory ‘back doors’ be shut.  Our aim is to create a bi-partisan bloc committed to protecting the rights of all senior citizens.”

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G. Freiberg
4 years ago

It’s amazing! I went on the AARP website to as about end of life counseling and they were all for this bill. Thank goodness for Amac. it has given seniors a real representation with our current administration. It is so hard to know who to trust today. Amac is a real friend to Seniors.

8 years ago

Everyone needs to read this. Pass it on to everyone you know before the election. Here are some HHS regulations unpublished as of yet for Obama Care. I think they are waiting until after the election to publish them. A neurosurgeon found these regulations disturbing as many of his patients are over 70 years old. He attended a meeting in DC where these regulations were presented to the Congress of Neurosurgeons and American Association of Neurosurgeons. Neurosurgery is the one of the most expensive health care practices and has the smallest number of practioners. From HHS: If you are over… Read more »

L. Smikrud
8 years ago

Abortion; should only be performed to save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape, should the mother desire. Right to Die; I should have the right to decide if I want the doctor to “pull the plug” as long as that decision is made in advance of my being terminally ill, or as a result of an accident placing me in a vegitative state. I have had a wife and a brother die of cancer and both would have liked to have that right, I believe. Health Care; our system needs some serious work; however, it… Read more »

9 years ago

I am trying to find out if you have life Insurance?

Teri Graves
9 years ago

I’m glad that seniors have an organization that stands with them, and who supports INDIVIDUAL responsibility and rights, as well as smaller government. I’m glad that AMAC will fight with Americans to ABOLISH OBAMACARE!!

Nowell Wood
9 years ago

These tactics should not surprise anyone. When Congress has to vote for a bill in the middle of the night you should know they are up to no good. The Dems and Reps that voted for this bill in this manner have our founding fathers rolling in their graves.

Carol Friendly
9 years ago

There are also back door provisions to fund abortion with taxpayer dollars. The so-called executive order to prevent this is not even worth the paper it is printed on. Also, we should defund Planned Parenthood, because they are the biggest abortion provider in the world, causing a genocide of more than 52 million babies – only 7 to 8 percent of which is due to the compromised health of the mother, rape or incest. It must be stopped!!!!

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