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Of ‘death panels’ and public options

If nothing else, the acrimonious debate over health care reform has contributed some potent new expressions to the American political vocabulary. You heard weeks ago about “death panels.” And the vaguely named “public option,” which has nothing to do with finding a suitable men’s room at the shopping mall. But what about the “Louisiana Purchase” of 2009? Or the “Cornhusker Kickback”? Or “U. Con”?