Sebelius: ‘Death Panels’ Talk Is “Horrific”

By Nitya

Aug 16, 2009 10:21am

Obama’s top cabinet official in charge of health reform, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said this morning on ‘This Week’ that it’s “horrific" twisting of facts to say that “death panels” would be part of Obama’s proposed health care overhaul.

“I think it’s really horrific that some opponents of the health reform bill have used painful personal moments to scare people about what is in the bill,” Sebelius told guest host Jake Tapper on ABC’s “This Week.”

Sebelius criticized opponents of the Democrats' plans for health overhaul for using scare tactics to try to derail an overhaul saying, “Nothing could be farther from the truth.”

“If anything seniors should welcome the fact that doctors would have a payment provided to sit down with family members if they choose and have a discussion.”

But, Sebelius said these end-of-life provision would "probably be off the table" in final health care reform legislation. 

Sebelius brought up a personal connection to end-of-life decisions, mentioning her experiences with her own mother who spent ten weeks in three different hospitals before she died.

“I think end-of-life decisions are very, very personal and very difficult for family members, very difficult for people to confront,” Sebelius said. “What every family wants is good information and the ability to make a decision that suits their love ones the best way.”

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