4. Anybody remember that Obama tried to bring this up in 2007?
And he got crucified for 'Death Panels'? All he wanted was for medicare to cover a visit to the doctor to discuss end-of-life options. I don't know about other states, but here in KY if you don't have a certified living will or DNR available for paramedics, they are required by law to do all possible.
My mother-in-law, who died last August, was extremely clear on not wanting any heroic measures. She spent the last 3 months of her life in a relatively inexpensive nursing home (about $8000/mo) with an extremely kind and caring staff. When she passed, it was extremely peaceful and gentle. The entire staff knew her wishes. There was no last minute trip to the ER or Intensive Care.
Why can we not talk about end-of-life? Why do we freak out about it? It is a hell of a lot cheaper to have a single talk with your doctor than to spend tens, of not hundreds, or thousands of dollars to extend life for a few days of life? Where is the quality of life in being full of IV tubes and ventilators? Sometimes it seems we treat our pets better than we treat our elderly.