First used in a 2009 Facebook note by U.S. politician Sarah Palin: "... my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."
- (US, derogatory) A supposed government committee responsible for choosing which patients receive healthcare, ostensibly withholding life-saving treatment from the some, in order to reduce costs.
See also 
- ^ "'Tweet' 2009 Word of the Year, 'Google' Word of the Decade, as voted by American Dialect Society", American Dialect Society: January 8, 2010. URL accessed on October 8, 2010.