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Death Panels

Pro-Choice to the End: Taking More Control of Your Final Days

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Even if your state does not (yet) have a POLST option, consider documenting your preferences using other forms, like a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and the like.

Seniors Are Asking... What's Next for Medicare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, what is the impact going to be on Medicare? The short answer? Not much.

Palin Is Right: House Death Panel Vote "Is Downright Evil" -- People Would Die!

Andy Stern | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Andy Stern

This week, the Death Panel has finally raised its deadly head, not in HHS or the Obama Administration, but in the Republican-led US House of Representatives.

Sarah Palin Returns To 'Death Panels'

Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics

Sarah Palin targeted President Barack Obama's health care reform law on Monday ahead of the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on the measure. "As we ...

Call Them 'Compassion Panels,' Not 'Death Panels'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I think that we need to re-label the idea of these "panels" so that we are actually talking about how we need to treat people with compassion no matter what decision has to be made concerning a loved one's end of life issues.

Michael McAuliff

Lawmakers Renew Socialism, 'Let People Die' Charges | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Claims about socialism and death panels had seemingly faded from public debate about the health care reform law until Tuesday, when they...

The Burr/Coburn Medicare Plan: 10 Deceptions - and a Free-Market "Death Panel"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Burr and Coburn want you to believe that they can raise the Medicare eligibility age, make you pay more in premiums, turn your health care over to the same insurers that are bankrupting you before you're sixty-five -- and that somehow you'll save money!

2011's Last Viral Lie About Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I hate to end this year with a rebuttal to a viral lie about the Affordable Care Act. However, this one seems to come from a credible source but is so wrong that I can't resist.

The Useless Supercommittee

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons why Congress has been largely unable to make the American health care system more efficient and equitable is because of the stranglehold lobbyists for special interests have on the institution.

Politics: When Dumb Meets Disconnected

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Can we shake off our apathy, connect reality and marshal a productive counterattack against the forces of ignorance? Right now, the odds aren't looking all that good.

Losing the PR War -- Again

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Lies about the reform law have also gone viral on the Internet. That's not new, but it appears from emails friends and acquaintances forward to me that the dissemination of bogus information has picked up.

Sam Stein

Tommy Thompson Makes The Case For 'Death Panels' | Sam Stein | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In his nascent campaign for Wisconsin's soon-to-be-open Senate seat, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thom...

Gingrich's 'Death Panel' Hypocrisy

The New Republic | Alec MacGillis | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics

As one admirer put it in a July 2009 blog post, "If Gundersen's approach was used to care for the approximately 4.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who...

Death Panels Real and Imagined

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The closest thing to real death panels that operate in this country are not run by a bunch of government bureaucrats but by a bunch of corporate bureaucrats who work deep inside U.S. insurance companies.

Both Sides Now: Weiner Dem Headache -- Medicare GOP Migraine? Who Is Jon... Huntsman?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgRon Reagan and Kellyanne Conway debate whether pols or voters should decide Weiner's fate and whether Ryan's Medicare Plan could give Dems back the House?

The Medicare Crisis And End Of Life Care

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

It turns out that modern medicine can do a lot to preserve us and we have a lot of choices in terms of how we want to live.

Jason Cherkis

Jon Huntsman Flirted With 'Death Panels' As Governor | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics

Two years before Sarah Palin conjured “death panels" from her active imagination, Utah’s business elite devised its own far less infamous version....

You Are Pathetic

Michael Maslansky | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Our leaders routinely use language to manipulate meaning. They misuse words to confuse, obfuscate and distort. It's as if their goal in life is to help themselves politically. They'll help the country when they can find the time.

Medicare Fix Rose by any Other Name Still Has Thorns

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

A real solution to the Medicare math problem is going to involve dealing with a lot of thorny issues, whether you call it "Hillary Care," "wither on the vine," "Ryan Care," "ending Medicare as we know it", "Obama Care" or "Death Panels."

Spinning Hochul's Special Election Win

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's hard to deny that Democrats are feeling good about yesterday's election victory up in Buffalo. There's a certain wind-in-our-sails feeling about the whole strategy of hammering Republicans on the Ryan plan to voucherize Medicare.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Cries Of 'MediScare' Prompt Democratic Shout of 'Hypocrisy' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a bold political about-face, a group of freshman Republicans who won office campaigning against cuts to Medicare last year called on ...

Death Panels: Fact and Fiction

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Yes, death panels do exist. They exist inside the big health insurance corporations that every day make decisions on whether or not people enrolled in their health benefit plans will get the care their doctors believe might save their lives.

'Death Panels' Attack Revived By Republicans

Mother Jones | Suzy Khimm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Well, that didn't take long. No sooner did the Republicans revive their crusade against Democratic health care reform than the law's biggest boogeyma...

'Death Panels' And Patients' Choice: How Should We Talk About Dying?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

We need to separate the idea of advance care planning -- which is all about our own choice -- from the horned devil known as government-rationed care -- which is about someone else's choice for us.

When the Politics of Death Lacks Dignity

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

As frustrating as our broken political system is, when it comes to communicating complex ideas, just having the conversation is itself a victory.