Let’s Talk About Those “Death Panels”

Remember that whole crazy thing: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Betsey McCaughey?

Remember that editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, possibly the greatest own-goal in the history of health policy?

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Remember IBD’s subsequent correction? It quietly removed the self-refuting passage and added this “Editor’s note:”

This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK.

I remember all that. For more, here’s me at Politico Magazine.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.