McCain Kinda Defends Palin's 'Death Panel' Remark

Provision in health care bill opened the door to end-of-life rationing: McCain
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2009 12:31 PM CDT
In this Sept. 3, 2008 file photo, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, left, is joined by former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – John McCain offered qualified support for Sarah Palin’s notorious “death panel” comment—defending, at least, the substance of his former running mate’s remarks in an interview with George Stephanapoulos for ABC News: “Look, I don't think they were called death panels, don't get me wrong,” McCain said. “There was a provision in the bill that talks about a board that would decide the most effective measures to provide health care for people.”

“The best treatment procedures part of the bill,” McCain continued, “it does open it up to decisions being made that should be left to the patient and the individual. Now, we had amendments, we Republicans have said that in no way would that affect the decisions that the patients would make and their families. That was rejected by the Democrats and the health committee."