'Death panel' lies killed a good public policy

  • Article by: Los Angeles Times Editorial
  • Updated: August 1, 2013 - 7:37 PM

Among the most egregious distortions to cloud the health care debate in 2009 was the false notion that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act called for “death panels,” through which the government would determine whether seniors and the disabled should receive care. So dishonest was this characterization, popularized by Alaska’s then-Gov. Sarah Palin, that PolitiFact named it the “Lie of the Year.”

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