Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam (R-FL)
2nd-term Republican from Florida.
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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

December 28, 2010

No 'Death Panel' But Granny Will Be Strongly Encouraged to Plan to Pass On When the Time Comes

Obama Embraces 'Death Panel' Concept in Medicare Rule
[O]n Dec. 3, the Obama administration seemingly flouted the will of Congress by issuing a new Medicare regulation detailing "voluntary advance care planning" that is to be included during patients' annual checkups. The regulation aimed at the aged "may include advance directives to for[e]go aggressive life-sustaining treatment," The New York Times reported.

The new provision, which goes into effect Jan. 1, allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death. Critics say it is another attempt to limit healthcare options for the elderly as they face serious illness.

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner said during the healthcare debate: "This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia."

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