'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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tuttifruttiAug. 1, 13 7:52 PM

Isn't it a shame when liberal tactics work against them? Liberals are experts at exaggerating. Romney is a felon. Romeny is a tax evader. Romeny hasn't paid any taxes in ten years. Romeny killed a lady. Romney is shown pushing a woman in a wheel chair off a cliff.

Then again, are death panels really an exaggeration? What did Seibus say? Everyone dies... What did Obama say? Go home and take an aspirin. The writing is on wall. A non-elected panel will determine who is cared for and who isn't.

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pumiceAug. 1, 13 7:56 PM

From the article: "In truth, one of the provisions of the act that gave rise to Palin’s critique would have done just the opposite: help patients make their own decisions about their treatment at the end of life." Decisions about end of life treatment should not be delegated to one's immediate family members. Everyone should make an informed advance care directive which reflects his/her decision about prolonging his/her death.

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myob_STAug. 1, 13 8:07 PM

On March 20th of this year, my mother was hospitalized, and on March 30th, she died. In between, the actions of her care team and her family were guided by her advance directive. I cannot tell you how much stress was removed from our shoulders by that set of papers. Even though she deteriorated quickly, we knew what she wanted. We didn't have to fret about "doing the right thing," because she had told us what the right thing was. Our job was to make sure her wishes were carried out. Her doctors told us they wished more patients were so thorough; they can spend their time and attention caring for the patient instead of helping the family through agonizing decisions. My mother had the courage to face her mortality and make her decisions in advance - will you?

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tuttifruttiAug. 1, 13 8:19 PM

"Decisions about end of life treatment should not be delegated to one's immediate family members." - Looks like you agree that a non-elected panel of people who are not health care professionals should decide who lives or dies. And you don't like the term death panels? What exactly are they?

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braxozAug. 1, 13 9:05 PM

tuttifrutti Aug. 1, 13 7:52 PM Then again, are death panels really an exaggeration? What did Seibus say? Everyone dies... What did Obama say? Go home and take an aspirin. The writing is on wall. A non-elected panel will determine who is cared for and who isn't.___________ I, for one, would not care to have a GOP elected panel determine my care.

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braxozAug. 1, 13 9:12 PM

tuttifrutti Aug. 1, 13 8:19 PM "Decisions about end of life treatment should not be delegated to one's immediate family members." - Looks like you agree that a non-elected panel of people who are not health care professionals should decide who lives or dies. And you don't like the term death panels? What exactly are they? _______ From the article: "In truth, one of the provisions of the act that gave rise to Palin’s critique would have done just the opposite: help patients make their own decisions about their treatment at the end of life." How do you get "panels who decide who lives or dies" from "help patients make their own decisions"? Very creative reading.

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crystalbayAug. 1, 13 9:21 PM

" Looks like you agree that a non-elected panel of people who are not health care professionals should decide who lives or dies"...............This is such a gross and outlandish distortion that I'm almost speechless. Seriously. Having the service of paid consultation with professionals outside one's family system about what you want at the end of life is in no way "having others decide who lives or dies". It's simply bizarre that you or anyone would so twist this into something it is not. Unbelievable!

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bobblumenfelAug. 1, 1310:01 PM

@tuttifrutti: ""Decisions about end of life treatment should not be delegated to one's immediate family members." - Looks like you agree that a non-elected panel of people who are not health care professionals should decide who lives or dies. And you don't like the term death panels? What exactly are they?" Either you need a good dose of reading comprehension (the response you misconstrue talks about advance directives BY THE PATIENT), or you're hoping no one here reads the response and just blindly believes what you imply it says.

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sannemanAug. 1, 1310:33 PM

Nope, no "death panels" here. Just Sec. Sebelius, HHS, to decide whether or not you get your lung transplant. Oh that's right, she said no. I guess in this instance it wasn't a death panel-just jury, judge, and executioner!

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tituspulloAug. 2, 13 1:27 AM

sannemanAug. 1, 1310:33 PM Nope, no "death panels" here. Just Sec. Sebelius, HHS, to decide whether or not you get your lung transplant. Oh that's right, she said no. I guess in this instance it wasn't a death panel-just jury, judge, and executioner!______LOL..what do you think insurance companies have always done? You people are comedy gold.

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