Sarah Palin: Troubling Questions Remain About Obama’s Health Care Plan. We Give The Final Word (Hopefully) On “Death Panels”

The big discussion in health care, thanks to Sarah Palin, has been those metaphoric “death panels.”

Now, I have to laugh out loud because the NYC/D.C. Beltway “elites” with their Ivy League educations have failed again to grasp common sense!

Now whether this is by design, or stupidity, I’ll let others debate, but it is obvious that education was wasted on those in Washington and in the media.

By now you have heard that key Senators in the Senate Finance Committee are saying they will take out certain “end of life” provisions of Obama’s disastrous health care fiasco.

“See, those death panels we swore were never there, now they’re gone!”

Now, these people actually think they’ve done something!

All better now.

Again, I don’t know if politicians and media are just inherently stupid, or are just playing it on TV.

The end of life “counseling” was troubling, for sure, and we have found cases in Oregon where cancer patients were offered suicide drugs, but not cancer treatments. Oregon has statewide socialist medicine as well as assisted suicide laws. It seems that many progressives are members of the Hemlock Society.

Folks, let me be clear. “Death panels” is a metaphor.

For you educated Ivy League “elites”, media and politicians alike see below:

From Merriam-Webster Online:

* Main Entry: met·a·phor

* Pronunciation: \?me-t?-?fo?r also -f?r\

* Function: noun

* Etymology: Middle English methaphor, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French metaphore, from Latin metaphora, from Greek, from metapherein to transfer, from meta- + pherein to bear — more at bear

* Date: 15th century

1 : a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly : figurative language — compare simile

2 : an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor : symbol 2

— met·a·phor·ic \?me-t?-?fo?r-ik, -?fär-\ or met·a·phor·i·cal \-i-k?l\ adjective

— met·a·phor·i·cal·ly \-i-k(?-)le-\ adverb

You see, those “death panels” are not the end of life counseling, or anything associated with them.

As Sarah Palin, and many others have been pointing out for weeks now, the condition in every single nation that has socialized medicine is rationing. It’s inevitable!

Now we all know the 45 million or so uninsured number, that the democrats throw around at will, is complete bull. It’s likely less than half that number. Take out the illegal aliens, and those who are only temporarily uninsured due to a job change, and it’s even smaller still.

But let’s use their number (or even half of it)

How in the world are you going to add another 20-45 million people into a health care system without adding a substantial amount of new doctors, nurses, and other workers? How can you add 20-45 million people to the health care system without building new hospitals?

And of course, how can you add 20-45 million people to the health care system without spending a whole lot more money?

The answer is: You can’t!

Obama claims you can and that he will. But that’s a provable lie.

With the government takeover of health care, they will have set budgets. It will end up being first come first served.

Years ago, in Waco, Texas, East Waco, to be exact, there was a great barbecue joint. It was in the rough part of town, but all of the big shots loved to eat there. There was always a line out the door and into the street, at lunch time. And it was only open for lunch.

The place had been there since 1947 and the owner/cook/server/cashier was a real character. You went in, placed an order, which oddly enough, was called “an order.” “An order” consisted of roughly ½ pound of beef, however much bread he grabbed, and a coke! This was served on butcher paper, with no silverware, no napkins, no nothin’! He just served it up, and his helper, would take it, and you, to a long table where everyone sat. Pickles and onions could be had if you asked and if he thought you needed ‘em!

I’m not kidding!

It was heaven if you like good barbecue. Oh, and it came with a little bowl of drippins to dunk the meat in, and there was some serious hot sauce on the table.

Here’s the thing though. The old boy knew how much he wanted to sell every day, and how hard he wanted to work. He always made that much, and no more. You needed to want an early lunch if you were going there. Get there late and you might not get fed!

In fact, it wasn’t uncommon to be out in the street, or just inside the door, and hear him yell at his helper:

“Might as well tell them folks to go on over to the Chicken Shack and get a table, I’ll be over there myself pretty quick!”

That was his way of saying he was about done. Of course, few left, hoping his was playin’ around! But he always had more customers than food.

Why did I just tell you that story?

Well, if we allow Obama and the democrats to take over and destroy health care, we will always have more sick patients than doctors, nurses, hospitals, and money. Always.

So, at some point, folks will sit down and start looking for ways to save money, and cut the back load of patients. They will do this by cutting back on services and denying services to those they determine “not worth the effort.”

And there is your “death panel.”

Will they call it that?

Uhhh, nope.

They will be called “advisory boards” and have names like: “Standards and practices” or “patient care panels” or whatever Orwellian name they can come up with.

Sarah Palin has been hitting Obama really hard on this stuff, and has released another statement on why Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen. Palin has something that is illegal, evidently, in Washington D.C. or New York City, and that is common sense.

Common sense dictates that the snake oil Obama is trying to sell isn’t going to work. And as we told you earlier this week, Sarah has had her own experience with the federal government and health care. When Sarah Palin assumed the Governor’s office Medicaid was an incredible mess in Alaska. Seniors faced long waits and iffy care. She worked to get emergency funding, and then cleaned up the system. The result was in two short years, she reduced the backlog for Medicaid patients by a whopping 83 %!

Look, it’s just this simple: Who do you trust?

Do you trust a rookie President who has never led anything in his life. A back bench state Senator of no importance, who after only serving 140 some odd days, abandoned his U.S. Senate job to run for President? A man who has never run a city, never run a state, never run a lemonade stand? A man who has never held a private sector job, never made a payroll, never had to worry about a budget, or turning a profit?

Or, do you listen to a proven leader. A woman who HAS run a city, HAS run a state, and HAS OWNED a successful small business for 20 years?

Look, congresscritters sit around and debate stuff. By nature, there are few if any leaders. It’s not much more than a big debate society that can write bad legislation on a regular basis.

As Governor of a state, Sarah Palin’s job mirrored that of the President’s. There is a reason why, in the United States, we generally elect Governors to be President, not Senators or congressmen. Being Governor is to lead. Being Governor is to actually have to accomplish something, rather than give it lip service. The buck stops at your desk.

Sarah Palin has already proven that she understands the health care issue better than most. She’s already had to clean up a big mess caused by a federal health care program that wasn’t working at all. When Sarah Palin warns of the looming disaster America faces if Obama and the democrats get their way, she speaks from first hand experience, not some theoretical mind exercise.

She’s actually been there, done that, and got the t-shirt from it!

With that said, Sarah has released some more concerns. Some food for thought, as it were , about the continuing problems with the Obamacare nightmare.

It’s time for us to defeat this mess, neuter Obama, and get ready to take back Congress in a big way. It’s time to run the democrats out of town for good, and get America back to what made it work, using strong conservative principles and ideas.

Before you read Sarah’s statement, Ronald Reagan, way back in 1961, was part of the famous “Coffee Cup Campaign” to stop socialized medicine. It was a bad idea then, it’s a worse idea now!

Please take time to listen to his short message here.

From Sarah’s Facebook page:

Troubling Questions Remain About Obama’s Health Care Plan

I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200). It’s gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress; however, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones.

As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. [1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.

The president is busy assuring us that we can keep our private insurance plans, but common sense (and basic economics) tells us otherwise. The public option in the Democratic health care plan will crowd out private insurers, and that’s what it’s intended to do. A single payer health care plan has been President Obama’s agenda all along, though he is now claiming otherwise. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what he said back in 2003:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan…. A single payer health care plan – universal health care plan – that’s what I would like to see.” [3]

A single-payer health care plan might be what Obama would like to see, but is it what the rest of us would like to see? What does a single payer health care plan look like? We need look no further than other countries who have adopted such a plan. The picture isn’t pretty. [4] The only way they can control costs is to ration care. As I noted in my earlier statement quoting Thomas Sowell, government run health care won’t reduce the price of medical care; it will simply refuse to pay the price. The expensive innovative procedures that people from all over the world come to the United States for will not be available under a government plan that seeks to cover everyone by capping costs.

Our senior citizens are right to be wary of this health care bill. Medical care at the end of life accounts for 80 percent of all health care. When care is rationed, that is naturally where the cuts will be felt first. The “end-of-life” consultations authorized in Section 1233 of HR 3200 were an obvious and heavy handed attempt at pressuring people to reduce the financial burden on the system by minimizing their own care. Worst still, it actually provided a financial incentive to doctors to initiate these consultations. People are right to point out that such a provision doesn’t sound “purely voluntary.”

In an article I noted yesterday, Charles Lane wrote:

“Ideally, the delicate decisions about how to manage life’s end would be made in a setting that is neutral in both appearance and fact. Yes, it’s good to have a doctor’s perspective. But Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it. Indeed, the measure would have an interested party — the government — recruit doctors to sell the elderly on living wills, hospice care and their associated providers, professions and organizations. You don’t have to be a right-wing wacko to question that approach.” [5]

I agree. Last year, I issued a proclamation for “Healthcare Decisions Day.” [6] The proclamation sought to increase the public’s knowledge about creating living wills and establishing powers of attorney. There was no incentive to choose one option over another. There was certainly no financial incentive for physicians to push anything. In fact, the proclamation explicitly called on medical professionals and lawyers “to volunteer their time and efforts” to provide information to the public.

Comparing the “Healthcare Decisions Day” proclamation to Section 1233 of HR 3200 is ridiculous. The two are like apples and oranges. The attempt to link the two shows how desperate the proponents of nationalized health care are to shift the debate away from the disturbing details of their bill.

There is one aspect of this bill which I have not addressed yet, but it’s a very obvious one. It’s the simple fact that we can’t afford it. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of Doug Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. He told the Senate Budget Committee last month:

“In the legislation that has been reported we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount. And on the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs.” [7]

Dr. Elmendorf went on to note that this health care legislation would increase spending at an unsustainable rate.

Our nation is already $11.5 trillion in debt. Where will the money come from? Taxes, of course. And will a burdensome new tax help our economy recover? Of course not. The best way to encourage more health care coverage is to foster a strong economy where people can afford to purchase their own coverage if they choose to do so. The current administration’s economic policies have done nothing to help in this regard.

Health care is without a doubt a complex and contentious issue, but health care reform should be a market oriented solution. There are many ways we can reform the system and lower costs without nationalizing it.

The economist Arthur Laffer has taken the lead in pushing for a patient-center health care reform policy. He noted in a Wall Street Journal article earlier this month:

“A patient-centered health-care reform begins with individual ownership of insurance policies and leverages Health Savings Accounts, a low-premium, high-deductible alternative to traditional insurance that includes a tax-advantaged savings account. It allows people to purchase insurance policies across state lines and reduces the number of mandated benefits insurers are required to cover. It reallocates the majority of Medicaid spending into a simple voucher for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance. And it reduces the cost of medical procedures by reforming tort liability laws.” [8]

Those are real reforms that we can live with and afford. Once again, I warn my fellow Americans that if we go down the path of nationalized health care, there will be no turning back. We must stop and think or we may find ourselves losing even more of our freedoms.

– Sarah Palin

[1] See http://www.scribd.com/doc/18280675/Principles-for-Allocation-of-Scarce-Medical-Interventions

[2] See http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/14/white-house-adviser-backs-off-rationing/

[3]See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hsqzSKuC44

[4] See http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=N2M0ODk0OTNkZjkwNGM4OGMyYTEwYWY3ODUzMzFiOTc=

[5] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080703043.html

[6] See http://www.gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1094&type=6

[7] See http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/07/cbo-sees-no-federal-cost-savings-in-dem-health-plans.html

[8] See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204619004574324361508092006.html

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16 responses to “Sarah Palin: Troubling Questions Remain About Obama’s Health Care Plan. We Give The Final Word (Hopefully) On “Death Panels”

  1. Bill Nelson

    Bravo!!
    Sarah demostrates true leadership. Common sense is king.
    Good Blog

  2. Finally an article that makes sense. I have read a good part of HR3200 and the issues raised in this article are genuine. The “death panel” that Sarah Palin talks about is real. It is ridiculous to make a person sit through counseling every 5 years or even more often if they have a terminal illness and then have a doctor decide if they should be able to receive life sustaining treatment. It is just as Sarah put it. A “death panel”

  3. Mark R

    Asking Sarah about healthcare is a bit like asking moinkees to drive the space shuttle. I have nothing against monkees as (like Ms. Palin are extremely interesting to watch).

    We have 45 million uninsured in this country with another 25 or more self insured which means that a third of the country is at riask at any given point.

    To let the idiots and facist drive the discussion on sucha serious topic is just stupid. So lets have a debate and as someone who lived under both systems. We need real healthcare reform now!!

    • Gary P

      Mark R, I agree, allowing fascists, in other words, the democrat/communist party to drive this debate is plenty stupid!

      In fact, allowing democrat/communists to vote, at this point in time is highly dangerous.

      You do realize that a fascist, a socialist, and a communist are basically the same thing, right? They are all just different takes on the same concept.

      But the bottom line is, Obama is the communist and the one who is taking away people’s liberty and freedom. My guess is, like most democrats who pop off, you haven’t read the bill, H.R. 3200. (1017 pages) And since you obviously haven’t, it’s incredibly hard to take you serious.

      The folks that have read the bill are totally against this monstrosity. In fact, the latest polls have 54% of the nation saying it would be better to do nothing vs passing this bill, or anything like it.

      Conservatives want to reform health care as well, but those reforms include tort laws, and ending illegal immigration, among other things.

      What Obama has planned is a complete and total usurpation of the Constitution. It will give the federal government almost unlimited powers to do what ever they chose. The ability to control how you live your life.

      As for Sarah Palin, yeah, she is really dumb alright. This”dummy” writes two words on her Facebook page and causes the President to hyperventilate, and the Senate to take out a provision they swore to God didn’t exist!

      As I wrote in an earlier piece, Sarah has already had to clean up a huge mess made by a federal government health care program. When she took Office Medicaid was in shambles. It wasn’t working.

      Sarah invoked emergency measures, reformed the process, to on the feds, and reduced the patient backlog by 83 % in just 2 years.

      That backlog, that rationing of care, is what helps constitute the “death panels.”

      Of course, I reference this in the above blog post, so it’s obvious that you either didn’t read it in the first place, or you have comprehension issues.

      I do agree with you on one thing, as someone who has followed Sarah Palin since she became Governor in 2006, she is indeed a extremely interesting person to watch. And an extremely important person to watch.

      I am old enough to remember Ronald Reagan’s loss in the 1976 primaries, as well as his two record setting landslide victories in 1980 and 1984. The comparisons between Reagan and Palin are many.

      Funny thing, the ignorant people called Reagan stupid, a moron, a has been actor, and so on. They hated him.

      We know how well that worked out, don’t we!

  4. marie

    Sarah, I pray for you. You are my spokesperson in the national arena, along with a few other people on Fox News. No one is listening in D.C., and I am sick of it. I am disgusted at the Republicans for not shouting loudly over this. I know some have spoken up, but they are not hitting MSM with the truth and terror of this bill. Thank you for making known to people what we know about this current administration, and thank you for being my voice as well.

    As a Christian, I am fasting and praying for my country. As a voter and citizen, I have only three words for my fellow countrymen. If these politicians are not upholding the constitution and our republic, the ethics and morals of hard work and reward for that work, and the Judeo-Christian ethics that made out nation the greatest in the world, then please people in 2010 and 2012

    Vote them out. Please Vote them out. Work for candidates such as Sarah and McCain who I worked for in the last election, there are some out there already. Work for them, work hard and work long, and start now. Support those who love what America stands for. Yes, we need certain reforms, and systems such as medicare and social security must be fixed and run properly. Cutting the fraud out of it alone would help tremendous for starters, but simply put — vote them out. And do not stop showing up at Town Hall meetings, do not stop sending emails, making phone calls, sending faxes, in other words no rest for the wicked.

    And Sara, every time I hear some slur and horrible statement made about you, I think about Christ, and how He was slanders and eventually put to death by evil. Please stay strong, keep standing up for us, and I will keep praying for you. We love you, and there are millions of us who do!

  5. 3bettins

    When you calculate how many uninsured will be “added” to the system, do you think that just because they don’t have insurance that they don’t use any healthcare providers?

    Of course they do! They get sick just like everybody else!

    Our problem is that the cost of their care is added to our bottom lines- we pay through increased costs and increased premiums. It’s just common sense that the insurance companies and the providers pass the cost on to us, the consumers, just like any other business.

    So, if you think that you’re not already paying for the uninsured, you’re being unrealistic, whether you live in Alaska, DC or NYC.

  6. RICH SELLERS

    The “angry mob” routine didnt work so well for the liberal press or politicians. I have to give credit where credit is due. Senator Arlen Spector stood up and took the verbal tongue lashings from the public like a man-face to face. You don’t see that much in politics. I don’t agree with him or his party but I respect him for being brave enough to do it. One thing I think in necessary in any legislation is it should be mandatory for all members of the legislative branch to be a part of this new health care plan. If it isnt good enough for them it certainly is not good enough for my family. Period. End of story.

  7. john smith

    Sarah Palin is fabulous; she is so right. Being in Obamadebt some 11trillion dollars it’s time to start fixing things and not spending us into furthur debt. . No wonder the Democrats are afraid of her.
    The Obamacare is fraught with Marxist laws within laws not just the “Death Panel”………… I think we have a tosser on this healthplan and need to start over with it being layn before the Amrerican people with the Conhress being a part of it. They wrote it. They’ll have to live it too.

  8. Melvin Slade

    Keep up the good fight, Sarah. I am one of millions that support your common sense approach and hopes those that brought us this “change” are having strong buyer’s remorse.

  9. Linda Webber

    Please continue to get the truth to the people. Obama has 95% of the media in his pocket and the American public is only hearing lies. At last they are beginning to wake up and realize what the Obamacare is all about – and it’s not good. We need to hear more substaniated truths that, hopefully, will resonate and the members of Congress will have no choice but to do their job. They, like Obama, have lied, cheated (on us and their spouses) taken kick-backs with their “pork” projects and led us into bankruptsy. These Washinton Thieves have to go in 2010 AND we need to have term limits for Congress so they can take office and be removed before they have time to learn how to become professional socialist. Nancy Pelosi should be sent to prison for the damage she’s done to our country, along with many others. Again, thank you for the truth and please continue the good work. God bless America!!

  10. ptrkL

    Thanks, Sarah, for saying it for me. I have not been able to read the entire article, I ahve been a little under the weather, so to speak, but I could not have said it more fully.

  11. Carl

    The people of this country should thank God there is a Sarah Palen and other Patriots !

  12. Milton Billingsley

    All this rhetoric is simply wasted motion. The liberals want this soooo bad because they are getting rich of it from the pharmaceutical companies. Simply put, it will pass eventually but only after 2010.
    It is up to real American’s to push these socialists out and vote in new people – people with character and not necessarily color or gender.
    In general there is not much different or wrong with the right and left but in recent months I’ve seen how the liberals can destroy our country by giving it away by massive debts and by stealing our freedoms.
    As a veteran, a former Marine, I am closely wa6tching tis Obama guy and at the same time stripping, cleaning and oiling just in case. Too many GOOD MEN AND WOMEN have lost their lives fighting for America’s freedoms to allow this to continue.
    Remember folks, what Dr. MLK Jr. said about judging a man by his character and not his color? Maybe we need to look back at this last election and realize that most were voting for something neither Obama nor Hillery had any say, their color or gender.
    We refused to look at the man inside and not his outside.

    • Gary P

      Very well said. Dr King was a true leader, that’s why he was hassled by the democrats. (Dr King was a Republican) Bill Moyers, of PBS “fame” was on LBJ’s team, and the one who talked Johnson into bugging his hotel rooms.

      Had Dr. King’s vision been the one that survived, instead of the insane liberal’s vision, we would have been a lot better off. King’s vision was that of peace and understanding. Liberals base their lives on hate and intolerance.

  13. Sarah

    Thank you for using the comman sense you have along with your expertise to “rat out the truth”…..this country is
    wild with anger, fear, hopelessness, and apathy. We need more ordinary citizens with your callibur to alert us, to let us know bunk from the truth.

    A writer on YahooBuzz, Roy from Louisianna, email handle justthefacts or The Truth, summed up all of our feelings with his list that needs to be addressed before we allow anyone to control our freedom of choice for our medical coverage. If you get a chance, read it, it would be nice to see your take on his “shopping list of must fixes”.

    Thank you, a middle aged single woman just trying to survive.

    Marty Hermes,
    Safety Harbor FL

  14. stills_stinks

    This is a great write up and I thank you. I got this from the start and it is why I also agreed with Sarah Palin when she came out on this. I had come to this same thought my self and this is why. I have a rare illness called stills not many know about it and yes that includes doctors let alone how to treat it. I even had one doctor ask me “stills is that some thing you made up?” now how am I to get the care I need if a doctor thinks that way? Now let’s put that same doctor advising me on end of life care you get the picture I hope. Let’s put them on Obama’s health care panel. You can see were this can go I am sure. this is not made up this is not some what if the illness is real and what the doctor said to me is real also! Do I have reason to fear an Obama care set up you bet! And why I am on Medicare already and let me tell you I can not get some of the better drugs to treat my illness because the government calls them to expensive or to experimental. now I also live on SSDI a fixed income and some of these drugs can cost over $1,400 a month more then I live on so how can I pay for that even with the coverage I have? So do I get the best care I could being on a government health care system NO way! Do I fear this Obama plan because I believe it will make it even worse YES! This is why I have become active in politics now days it scares me and how I will be labeled and taken care of let alone others in boats like mine. We do need some fixing but not a major over haul at all and there is no way adding that many more will lower cost heck they can not afford what they cover already and that is why my illness is not treated in the best way possible. So please help defeat this and work for real change, change we all can not only believe in but live with!

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