“Death Panel” Three Years Later UPDATED

As we wait for the impending Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, I reiterate what I wrote in my first post on this topic nearly three years ago. I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans, because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say.

It was a pretty long post, but a lot of people seem to have only read two words of it: “death panel.” Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding. It’s called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and its purpose all along has been to “keep costs down” by actually denying care via price controls and typically inefficient bureaucracy. This subjective rationing of care is what I was writing about in that first post:

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. 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.

Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.

Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.

We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.

If the Supreme Court doesn’t strike down Obamacare entirely, then Congress must act to repeal IPAB and Obamacare before it is indeed “too late.” All of Obamacare must go one way or another.

– Sarah Palin

See the original at the Governor’s Facebook page …

Where she has 3.4 million followers.

Incidentally, that’s more followers than watch the four cable news networks all day. Combined. Yes, that’s combined Total Day numbers.

Here are the ratings for Thursday, June 21, for example,  where 2.5 million folks watched the four cable news networks all day. 4.1 million viewers watched the four cable news networks’ primetime shows combined.

So this note by Governor Palin is reaching more folks than the four cable news networks reach all day.

And this doesn’t count all the attention it will receive when the New Media (and even some Old Media) picks it up …

crossposted at Palin4America


Notice in that last paragraph that there is no appeal to the executive branch, aka the presumptive nominee, about repealing Obamacare? In other words, if the judicial branch doesn’t do it, then Palin appeals to the legislative branch to do it. Could it be that she doesn’t trust that the executive branch, as represented by the presumptive nominee, will ever do it?

And is, in fact, that last sentence – “All of Obamacare must go one way or another” – a warning to Mitt Romney regarding both his own comments as well as his actions in appointing Mike Leavitt, he of the personally-profiting-from-the-state-exchanges-called-for-in-Obamacare as head of Romney’s presidential transition team? IOW, personnel is policy, Mitt. We are watching.

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