A Media Post Mortem on "Death Panels"

Friday, June 03, 2011


When President Obama proposed his new healthcare plan to Congress in 2009, it included a provision for Medicare to pay for visits where patients discussed their "end of life" care with a doctor. That small part of the healthcare bill snowballed into a major controversy when Sarah Palin dubbed it a "death panel." Louisiana State University Professor Regina Lawrence analyzed media coverage of the phrase and says outlets failed to debunk the false claim.

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