By Gary P Jackson
On Friday, August 7, 2009 Governor Sarah Palin wrote: [emphasis mine]
Statement on the Current Health Care Debate
As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!
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.
~ Sarah Palin
Rep. Bachmann’s speech can be viewed here:
Those two little words “death panels” motivated millions to try and stop the evil we now call ObamaCare, and drove liberals insane.
Sarah recently revisited her 2009 piece with “Death Panel” Three Years Later.
Recently the New York Times published an article by one of President Obama’s flunkies, Steven Rattner not only extolling the virtues of death panels, but demanding them. A caller to the Rush Limbaugh show on Friday mentions this:
Rattner was Obama’s “Car Czar” a job he failed miserably at. Failure in Washington is a résumé enhancement though, hence the New York Times piece: [empahsis mine]
WE need death panels.
Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.
But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.
Most notably, President Obama’s estimable Affordable Care Act regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries. In 2009, Sarah Palin’s rant about death panels even forced elimination from the bill of a provision to offer end-of-life consultations.
Now lets stop right there. One of the biggest lies told is that Sarah Palin was talking about end of life counseling when talking about death panels. Just as many ignorant Republican lawmakers and “brand name” television pundits, as liberal moonbats, repeated it though. Sarah Palin was ALWAYS talking about health care rationing, and nothing else. She was talking about exactly what Rattner is demanding.
Read more of the Times article here.
In her 2009 article Sarah Palin mentions Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm Emanuel’s brother and Obama’s adviser on ObamaCare. Dr Emanuel is the creator of the so-called “Complete Lives System” a document that would make Dr Josef Mengele proud. I suggest everyone read Emanuel’s report entitled: Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions to understand how these people’s thinking works.
ObamaCare is definitely based on the idea that less productive members of society must be denied care, and left to die, for the good of the collective. It’s a complete, 100 percent communist piece of legislation, and will have the same outcome as it has in other nations that have tried the same scheme, total failure. Millions dead before their time.
People will be allowed to die under ObamaCare. The provisions that set up death panels are right there in the legislation.
Limbaugh audio courtesy DailyRushbo.