Thursday, August 13, 2009

Debunking Death Panels

Some claims are so bizarre, they seem to debunk themselves. The claim that the U.S. government wants to set up death panels to encourage the elderly to consider euthanasia is just such a claim.

Before I begin, I want to make this clear: the closest thing that ever existed to a death panel are the medical insurance companies. If you have an serious condition requiring expensive medical care, they will try to bump you off to save money. If you have an existing condition, prepare to get denied medical insurance.

So, the claim is that the health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) would set up a counseling service for the elderly that would suggest euthanasia to help reduce the burden on Medicare. What they are supposedly referring to is the "advance care planning consultation" provision. This provision has nothing to do with euthanasia; in fact it's not even mandatory.

The advance care planning consultation would allow elderly patients to brainstorm on how they would like to be treated in the event of a serious illness affecting their ability to make medical decisions. Euthanasia is not an option.

In fact, the point of these consultations are to prevent suicidal desires in elderly patients.

For a more detailed explanation, see the article on the subject:


  1. But who cares what the truth is, when you can spread a memorable lie that slams the godless liberals? It's a piece of cake, especially if you have oodles of money to help it along.

  2. Necessary legal planning? Ha, right! We all know what's coming: roving government death squads searching for grandparents and the disabled in your attic.

  3. Liberals protest war, conservatives protest health care.