Update: President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in to law March 23, 2010, giving hard working families the security they deserve by holding insurance companies accountable, lowering health care costs, giving Americans more freedom and control in their health care choices, and improving their quality of care.

There is no panel to decide end-of-life care

Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform answers a question from outside the recent town hall in New Hampshire on why reform will empower a panel to decide end-of-life care for Americans. This is a myth that has unfortunately been spread far and wide by defenders of the status quo. There is no such panel in any of the bills being considered in Congress, period. To the contrary, the House bill gives Americans and their families more choice and access to counseling and information on these most difficult decisions if, and only if, they choose to pursue it.