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Health discussion thoughtfully laid out on website with scary name: Deathpanels.org

A thorough look at the ongoing health care reform debate has been pulled together by online journalist Matt Thompson, and he’s using a frightening name — www.deathpanels.org — to draw attention to his site.
But once you get past the intentionally

A thorough look at the ongoing health care reform debate has been pulled together by online journalist Matt Thompson, and he’s using a frightening name — www.deathpanels.org — to draw attention to his site.

But once you get past the intentionally sensationalized intro screen, there’s a wealth of information about the current system, what the current proposals include, and debunking of myths.

In an audio interview about the site with online journalist Ryan Sholin, Thompson says that although he’s a journalist, he “definitely has a perspective on this; I’m in favor of health reform, broadly.”

Thompson says the name of the site, along with the gruesome graphics, is a play on the elements of fear and panic and paranoia that have been injected into the debate.

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He said he’s tried to get a “a fairly sober, friendly, accessible overview of the problems in the current system, what Congress is doing about them, and what are some other resources to look at for finding more information about health reform.”

My thoughts: it’s a great compendium of information, most of it from what appear to be credible, usually non-partisan sources, but the site’s name and over-the-top presentation will keep many from even trying to engage it.