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White House Punts On End-Of-Life Planning

January 5, 2011

In a move that may dishearten the majority of Americans who would like to see more progressive healthcare reforms, the Obama administration has dropped end-of-life planning from the annual medical exams that will be covered by the Affordable Care Act. Regrettably, some segments of the population better know end-of-life planning – a process that enables…

Time To Put Death-Panel Con Job To Rest

January 3, 2011

From The San Jose Mercury News: ‘Death panels’ are back, and that’s good news (Mercury News Editorial) Welcome back, death panels. Really. The ugly rumor last year that President Barack Obama favored government-sponsored “death panels” to decide which patients were worthy of living was a twisted, cynical campaign designed to simultaneously kill health care reform…

Anti-Reform Scare Tactics Blunted

January 3, 2011

From Politico: Death knell for ‘death panel’ debate? By: Brett Coughlin December 28, 2010 05:15 PM EST The debate over “death panels” is hard to kill — but at least one Senate Democratic aide says the issue has now become “Kryptonite for the Right,” thanks to the way a new Medicare regulation is written. The new…

Are Worried Seniors Hoisting The Ladders Behind Them?

November 16, 2010

From The New Yorker’s Financial Page: by James Surowiecki (Nov. 22, 2010) As shellackings go, the 2010 election was as comprehensive as it gets. Democrats lost among women, men, high-school graduates, college graduates, Catholics, Protestants, and so on. But there was one demographic group whose repudiation was especially influential: senior citizens. In the 2006 midterm…

Health Care Spin – Yet Again

November 1, 2010

The non-partisan truth seekers at Factcheck.org have issued their fourth review and repudiation of the lies and distortions targeting the Affordable Care Act. Sadly, “death panels” and other canards still are being pushed. Summary As the election draws near, some conservative groups are making ever-wilder claims about the new health care law: An elderly man…

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