Here’s why Sarah Palin’s ‘death panels’ are now being debated in Massachusetts

Here’s why Sarah Palin’s ‘death panels’ are now being debated in Massachusetts

The debate over former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s inaccurately named “death panels” has come to Massachusetts.

The debate centers on a measure of cost-effectiveness for health care, which assigns a value to a life that changes based on whether a person is healthy.

The Affordable Care Act – after public outcry – bans the use of the measurement in Medicare. Now, Rep. Angelo Puppolo, D-Springfield, is trying to ban its use by MassHealth or private insurers in Massachusetts.

“I don’t think rationing care, in particular prescription drugs, to the sickest and oldest patients should be a formula that’s used,” Puppolo said.

Puppolo’s amendment was not included in the House budget, but he said his goal in introducing it was to “start the debate.”

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