Experts: No 'Death Panel' In Health Care Plan

Monday, Aug 10, 2009  |  Updated 6:41 PM PDT
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President Obama's health-care plan includes nothing like a 'death panel,' experts said in response to Sarah Palin's accusations.

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Sarah Palin's claims that President Obama's health care plan was "downright evil" and would lead to a so-called "death panel" were flat-out wrong, according to experts who say Palin exaggerated and misunderstood the intent of Obama's plan.

The health care plan proposed by the Obama administration would not encourage assisted suicide or euthanasia practices -- rather, it would provide more funding for end-of-life counseling and give families aid when dealing with crises, experts on the Obama plan said.

"There has been a lot of misinformation about the advance care planning provisions in the bill," MSNBC reported American Medical Association President Dr. James Rohack said. "It's plain, old-fashioned medical care."

Other sources on aging said the bill could help deal with end-of-life issues -- and make life easier for ailing hospital patients and their families.

"We have to make decisions that are deliberative about our health care at every moment," said Monsignor Charles Fahey, 76, a Catholic priest who is chairman of the board of the National Council on Aging.

"What I have said is that if I cannot say another prayer, if I cannot give or get another hug, and if I cannot have another martini — then let me go," he said.

Read more: MSNBC

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