The Death of 'Death Panels' (R.I.P.)

November 3, 2014 6:42 PM

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The Death of 'Death Panels' (R.I.P.)

In today's highly-politicized Washington climate, good ideas are often demonized by politicians to curry favor with their base. Nowhere has this resulted in more of a disservice to the American public than by branding a worthwhile feature of the 2010 proposed health care legislation as "death panels."

The idea was simply to encourage people (of all ages and stages of health) to indicate how they would like to be treated at the end of life and to encourage Medicare and other insurers to reimburse doctors who have this discussion with their patients.

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