In the initial version of Obamacare, there was a provision in which if someone wanted to have a voluntary counseling session with a doctor about end-of-life care, discussing things like advanced directives, then Medicare would pay for that session. Somehow that was twisted by opponents of the bill into a claim that there were Death Panels, government boards that would choose whether you live or die.
My question is, was an end-of-life counseling provision kept in the final version of the bill? Some sources I've seen say that Democrats took it out of the bill, just to try to stop the lie about Death Panels. But other sources I've seen said that a weakened version of it was kept, in which rather than a separate counseling session, patients had the option of talking to the doctor about end-of-life care as part of their yearly Medicare checkup.
Can anyone clarify which of these is right?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You in Advance.