Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Death panels redux (run, Trig, run!)

Whoever is ghost-writing Sarah Palin’s Facebook page (paid by whom, one wonders?) defends Palin’s “death panels” post. She is claiming that in the original post she was referring to the advance care consultations, rather than to some mythical group of bureaucrats which would decide if Trig was “worthy of health care.” Today: “These consultations are authorized whenever a Medicare recipient’s health changes significantly or when they enter a nursing home, and they are part of a bill whose stated purpose is ‘to reduce the growth in health care spending.’ Is it any wonder that senior citizens might view such consultations as attempts to convince them to help reduce health care costs by accepting minimal end-of-life care?”

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