"Death Panels" and the war of words over health care reform
The White House launched full court press against what it says is misinformation being spread about health care reform by protesters at raucous town halls nationwide.
He was referring to euthanasia claims made by fierce opponents to reform proposals, including none other than Sarah Palin, who said on her Facebook page that the "downright evil" plan will lead to health care rationing:
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care."
Now, let's get this straight. Palin was referring to a provision that would allow Medicare to reimburse doctors for consulting seniors about living wills, advanced directives and end-of-life care. Sound like a death panel to you? The Associated Press says there's nothing in the bill about "death panels". Pulitzer-prize winning PolitiFact.com also debunks the claim. And if you're interested, here's the actual bill with the information -- see pg. 425,.
As politicians, interest groups and lobbyists of all stripes try to put their spin on the debate, it can be tough to figure out who is telling the truth. Not to mention, the major health care bills are more than 1,000 pages long and very complex.
Here's a look at how folks are trying to sorting out fact and fiction in this debate. Let us know if you have any others to share.
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