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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.

Why Obama Must Embrace the Veto Strategy

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Barack Obama understands that the country wants a president who acts. And as the new, Tea Party-tainted Congress is spoiling for confrontation, now is the ideal moment for a true veto strategy.

CNN Reignites the Death Panel Myth & Sparks My Network Moment

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Rather than quell her toxic distortions and present the plan factually by name and content, corporate media appropriated Palin's death panel fabrication and amplified it. CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS -- we the people deserve better.

Boehner's Real Death Panel Replaces Palin's Fake One

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

As one of the first acts of the 112th Congress, the Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and all the benefits and consumer protections that are making a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans right now.

Weekly Pulse: End-of-Life Counseling Returns, But Death Panels Still Nonsense

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger A proposed program to cover counseling sessions for seniors on end-of-life care has risen from the a...

Best Of 2010: JOKES

David Rees | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Rees

Professional funnymen had their hands full with the year's news stories and items of interest. But that's 2010 in a nutshell: The sum total of all events that occurred during it.

Obama Returns To End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul...

TIME's "Person of the Year" Should Have Been Sarah Palin

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

No person anywhere else in the cosmos of politics, culture or celebrity has caused such a stir as Sarah Palin this year. So why wasn't she even considered for TIME's annual award?

Chaplin's time traveler and the Tea Party

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been meaning to write about the supposed phenomenon of the woman with the cell phone in the extras for the DVD of the Charlie Chaplin film The Ci...

GOP: Masters of Message

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When it comes to taking credit for tilting the pre-election playing field so smoothly in their direction, the GOP is the very picture of modesty.

Three Good Things for Progressives to Take From the Midterm Election Results

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It's been easy for the Republicans to spend the last two years demonizing and obstructing the president. Well now the GOP has a share of the power, and they can no longer just sit back and throw rocks.

A Short and Clear Guide to What a Midterm Vote Really Means

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.

Reading the Daily Me

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has written an excellent column, "The Daily Me." I encourage you all to read it here:

GOP Congressman: Health Care & Stimulus Are 'Gonna Kill People By Denying Care'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) recently conjured the specter of death panels, claiming that "Obamacare" and the stimulus bill had effectively set up a "panel...

What If Democrats Could Just Say What They Believe?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Too many Democratic candidates are unable to make clear, simple statements of their heartfelt convictions -- it's not that they don't have them, they just can't say them.

Sarah Palin Doubles Down on 'Death Panels'

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin is standing by her "death panels." In an interview taped last week for, a conservative website, the former Alaska governor ...

Here's a Way to Never Be Unemployed

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Many Americans are maxing out on their unemployment benefits amid cries from Republicans that they're lazy bums who should get a job. Sure, there's on...

No Retreat on Health Care

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

It's only taken six months for President Obama's landmark health reform bill to go from stupendous historic achievement to political blunder.

Twitter and the Cowardice of Sarah Palin

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

For a medium designed to increase communication between people, Sarah Palin's use of these social networks has been remarkably one sided.

Attention Mrs. Palin: Those "Death Panel" Lies May Have Cost The Lives Of Some Grannies

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

Because of the "death panels" furor, doctors won't get paid (the fees would have been relatively small) to counsel on end-of-life decisions for Medicare patients.

Postmodern Politics and the Ground Zero Mosque Issue

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

After the symbolic politics we've been seeing, a simple and humane gesture like moving the mosque would have to be interpreted as a loss -- as backing down in the face of bigotry.