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Do you agree that the "death panel" lies are fear tactics?

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday told an Anchorage crowd that critics of health care reform, the summer's hottest political topic, aren't helping the debate by throwing out highly charged assertions not based in fact.

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels," Murkowski, a Republican, said. "Quite honestly, I'm so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."

Murkowski's analysis of the health-care reform measures was delivered to a Commonwealth North crowd of about 130 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. The nonpartisan group focuses on public policy issues.

http://www.adn.com/life/health/story/895431.html

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:40 AM on Aug. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think the term "death panel" is a little dramatic.. but, according to what ive been reading in this bill, its not too far from an accurate description.

    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 11:43 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • So, scare tactics are only okay if the party in power is using it? Like telling the citizens of the US that if we don't sign this stimulus NOW that our whole economy will collapse? And yet a very small percentage of that stimulus has been spent and unemployment has gone WAY BEYOND what they GUESSED if they got their stimulus? You mean like those sort of scare tactics?


     Uh, I like to think there is a little nugget of truth at the center of all of those morsels. Rather I think the wording of all of these pieces of legislature are gateways to worse things to come (power and control).

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • So, scare tactics are only okay if the party in power is using it? Like telling the citizens of the US that if we don't sign this stimulus NOW that our whole economy will collapse?


    and that was true...have you read what most economists have said reguarding that? what John McCain said about it?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:45 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • no
    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 11:46 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Yea, and Anon :44 could you have proved our economy wouldnt have collapsed without the stimulus? Nope. So your point is moot.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:46 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • I think the term "death panel" is a little dramatic.. but, according to what ive been reading in this bill, its not too far from an accurate description.


    It isn't just the term, its the implication. Killing old people and handicapped babies??? That's a disgusting fear tactic. The amendment you are referring too was added by a republican to countrt the situation that happened with Terry Schaivo....Talk to people about end of life care IF THEY WANT TO and if thgey don't, they don't have too. NO rationed care (as insurance does NOW) and no panel that gives a thumbs up or down as to who get treatment

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:47 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • There is no death panel. The provision was put in there based upon wording offered by a REPUBLICAN. All it does is preserve choices for those who choose to go down that path. It is not forced. Come on. Do you really believe Dems want seniors dead? Come on people, grow a brain.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Even the AARP is smacking this allegation down.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • I think there is a big difference between making your own decissions about your own end of life care while you are of sound mind and a board of doctors just sitting around playing God and deciding who lives and who dies determined by cost affectiveness. People really need to get educated before they insite panic.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • If you both would have read my whole statement, you would have read this:


     I like to think there is a little nugget of truth at the center of all of those morsels. Rather I think the wording of all of these pieces of legislature are gateways to worse things to come (power and control).


    Really, it wasn't a long post.  You could have read the whole thing, but I guess that's par for the course.  Nobody likes to read the whole thing anymore, do they?  At least not until AFTER they vote on it. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

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