‘Deathers’ now!

First (well, recently) the “birther” controversy and now the “death panel” controversy: more debate about the supposedly nefarious aims of Obama and other Democratic politicians that seems to be completely uninfluenced by actual evidence (see previous post). The “deathers” (as I’ve heard them called) find evidence in health reform legislation that the reformists want the government to take over health-care decisions, including whether to to keep grandma on life support, even though (i) no fair reading of the text supports this interpretation, and (ii) the people who wrote it deny having this goal.

The most disturbing aspect of this is that public opinion is being swayed by such incredibly silly arguments.

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Professor in the Zoology Department at Michigan State University
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