President Barack Obama is seeking to put to rest claims that the health care overhaul he seeks would set up "death panels" to rule on life-sustaining care for ailing seniors.
It would not, and Obama stressed the point during a town hall
meeting Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H.
Obama explained that the provision that has caused the uproar would only authorize Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care, living wills, hospice care and other issues, if the patient wants it. It would not, "basically pull the plug on grandma because we decided that it's too expensive to let her live anymore," as Obama put it.
The president said lawmakers "very sensibly thought this was
something that would expand people's options."