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Mark Halperin Corrects Himself on Obamacare 'Death Panels'

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 11:05 PM

Time magazine's senior political analyst Mark Halperin on Tuesday corrected himself regarding a comment made a day earlier about Obamacare "death panels"  during "The Steve Malzberg Show."

Halperin, co-author of "Double Down: Game Change 2012," said on Newsmax TV Monday that the so-called death panels, which decide which critically ill patients receive care and which don't, are "built into" the Affordable Care Act.

"We do need to do some of that in this country, because we can't afford to spend so much on end-of-life care," he said. "A very high percentage of our healthcare spending is for a very small number of people at the last stages of their life."

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On Tuesday, however, he corrected himself on Twitter, saying, 'My bad."



It's not the first time a high-profile media figure has raised eyebrows with views on death panels.

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman told ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour" in 2010 that the only way the U.S. will get its debt crisis under control is by the use of "death panels" and a national sales tax.

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