Week of 10.9.09

Life Panel? Death Panel?

What exactly is a death panel? The truth about end-of-life planning.

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The Weekly Q
How did private discussions between seniors and their doctors about end-of-life choices for the very ill or dying become a flash point in the national health care debate?

This week, NOW travels to Wisconsin to sit in on some of these sessions and see how health care reform could profoundly affect the lives of American seniors.

The not-for-profit Gundersen Lutheran Hospital has two decades of experience in this area. Their "Respecting Choices" initiative has become one of the most comprehensive end-of-life planning programs in the country.

Two families grappling with the most difficult and complex life and death issues gave NOW on PBS extraordinary access to their discussions and their decisions.

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In the News

The Huffington Post: Palin: Obama's "Death Panel" Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby

The New York Times: False 'Death Panel' Rumor has Some Familiar Roots

The Raw Story: Stewart confronts industry shill who created 'death panel' rumor

USA Today: Life and Death: Hospital ethics panels help families decide

The Washington Post: The Unwitting Birthplace of the 'Death Panel' Myth

Related Links

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation: Respecting Choices

Sue Shessel's Blog Pinky Pie

"On Our Own Terms: Bill Moyers on Dying"

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