The Real Outrage of 'Death Panels'

09/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Two things irritate me about what Sarah Palin falsely labels "death panels" in the Democratic health plan. First, how bogus that the news media turns Palin's Facebook blather into a national debate.

But that aside, what's really irritating about the proposal itself is that we have to have a law to reimburse doctors to talk to their patients. What? Doctors won't talk to families about end-of-life issues without getting paid? They're not getting paid enough for their medical services?

It's like a mechanic charging extra to explain what he did to your car. Who wouldn't be outraged by such a thing? But doctors have conditioned the marketplace to think that they don't have to talk to us without getting a tip mandated by Congress. What a joke.

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