For years conservatives have been desperately trying to warn the country about the logical outcomes of embracing socialized healthcare. One of the first and most important trumpet calls of warning came from former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
“The America I know and love is not one in which 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. Such a system is downright evil,” Palin wrote in 2009.
Almost immediately, Palin was derided by the left and their defenders in the media. The “nonpartisan” Politifact (My voice drips with sarcasm as I say “nonpartisan” – because Politifact has proved themselves over the years to be overwhelmingly partisan) even gave Palin a “Pants on Fire” rating for her comments.
Palin went on to explain why she wholeheartedly believed that Obamacare would (and MUST) create “death panels.”
“Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system, these ‘unproductive’ members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care,” Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page.
“The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled ‘Advance Care Planning Consultation.’ With all due respect, it’s misleading for the president to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients,” she continued.
“Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often ‘if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual … or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility… or a hospice program.’”
In hindsight, using the term “death panels” may have been a bad idea, not because it was wrong, but because it invited the incredulity of liberal mockers. It also made it easier for Democrats and their minions to convince average Americans that Republicans were simply fearmongering – when in truth, the death panels are simply the logical outcome of Obamacare. When you move from a private to public system, all of a sudden funds become finite and hard choices must be made because patients no longer have the same options that they did when they could privately fund their healthcare.
Don’t believe me? Almost five years since Palin’s “death panels” claim even Democrats and the same liberal media that first laughed at the idea are now agreeing that death panels exist.
Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution admits “Death Panels” exist, just a few short years after calling Palin a liar for the same claim.
Liberal rag, Slate, also agrees that death panels are real… and that they are a “GOOD THING”.
Popular liberal economist, Paul Krugman is on board with Slate – “Death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.”
Liberal journalist and author of the anti-Palin book “Game Change” Mark Halperin admits that “Death Panels” are written explicitly into the Obamacare law.
Former Vermont Governor and popular socialist Democrat Howard Dean is happy to admit that Death Panels exist.
That should be enough to vindicate Sarah Palin. If you need more there are many more instances of Democrats admitting to their former lies. Perhaps some of you still can’t wrap your head around how this could happen. Perhaps some of you moderate, squishy, fence-sitting voters just can’t believe that Democrats would lie to you like this. Please allow me to help you with this.
The problem is that you are a schmuck. And the Democrats know this about you. So they resort to ad hominem attacks on Republicans and they refuse to argue over issues. Instead they say things like – “War on Women!” or “Republicans are Racist!” or “We are the 99%!” or “Republicans are all Rich White People who HATE poor people!”
You are a schmuck and you buy their crap. You buy it as fast as they can shovel it.
Perhaps next time instead of just buying their quick and easy lines (“War on Women!”), you should actually think and logically consider what the argument might really be about.
Let me give you just one more practical example.
Socialized healthcare MUST be rationed because there is a finite amount of resources, and those resources cannot cover everyone’s health and wellness. They just can’t. Because of this, some hard decisions have to be made by healthcare providers – without the consent or desires of the patients playing any role.
In England such a case is being played out in graphic and sad display.
A six year old little girl with cerebral palsy has been denied an operation that would help her walk – because of BUDGET CUTS. The little girl can only shuffle her feet or take a few small steps with help. The operation that was planned would loosen her muscles and allow her the ability to walk on her own. The little girl has already undergone over a year of painful procedures to prepare her body for the operation that has now been cancelled. They now have to raise thousands of dollars to have the operation done privately – perhaps in the United States.
Don’t be surprised when you start hearing more stories like this – but instead of happening in England, they’ll be taking place here.
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