Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) said the death panel allegation is "probably an exaggeration of what is actually in the plans." But he said it stems from fears that Democrats would allow government intrusion in personal health matters. "The most important thing here is that those decisions must be left in the hands of the families and individuals most directly affected," Mr. Cornyn told reporters Monday.
The allegation is not "probably an exaggeration"; it's false.
Sadly, you can hardly blame Cornyn from a political standpoint. Republican Party chairman Michael Steele is defending the "death panel" allegations as "perfectly appropriate." It's just the latest sign of the GOP's turn toward postmodernism.