I think the most important thing here is that those decisions must be left in the hands of the family and individuals most directly affected. I think what scares people and what creates the specter of end-of-life panels or “death panels” is the idea that government would somehow be involved in those decisions. I think we’ve got to have a firewall between private decision-making and government decision-making when it comes to end-of-life decisions, because I think it’s easy for all of us to see how this could, even despite the best of intentions, degenerate into one where government ultimately made decisions based on cost and the value of one’s life, rather than leaving those decisions in the hands of the family