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September 23, 2014

‘Death Panels’ Resurrected as Obamacare is Stigmatized in Conservative States

The New York Times finds that health-care workers “trying to make the law work for uninsured Americans say the partisan divisions and attack ads have depressed participation in some places. They say the law has been stigmatized for many who could benefit from it, especially in conservative states like West Virginia that have the poorest, most medically underserved populations.”

Republican candidates and super PACs supporting them “have made assailing the Affordable Care Act their No. 1 issue for the midterm elections, and they are focusing their attacks in states with the most competitive Senate and House campaigns.”

“The political polarization ‘complicates our efforts to enroll people and to educate people about the Affordable Care Act, there’s no question,’ said Perry Bryant, head of the advocacy group West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.”

Tactics have included inciting “fears about chip implants” and “death panels.”

  • DragonAtma

    Except there IS a death panel — better known as the RNC.

    • Stephen Barlow

      I was gonna say that!!!

  • briefer

    Actually, there have always been death panels. They are known as Insurance Companies.

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