Huffpost Politics

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Craig Crawford Headshot

The Real Outrage of 'Death Panels'

Posted: Updated:

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.

Craig's personal home page: