Senate Committee to Drop Controversial “Death Panel” Provision From Health Bill

A Senate committee will drop a controversial provision that detractors have said will set up “death panels” for elderly Americans. Though the committee may remove the controversial language, the House health care bill has wording in its legislation that presents more concerns. The provisions in question concern end-of-life counseling and they have been derided because they provide financial incentives for physicians to promote various options. However, those options, in three states, could include assisted suicide, or they could include promoting withdrawal of lifesaving medical treatment or food and water.