Rush Limbaugh: Death panels. Just exactly what Sarah Palin said.
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 6, 2013
On Tuesday, Governor Palin drew attention to the plight of this 10-year-old girl on her Facebook page:
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Tuesday at 7:25pm ·
The government will bend the rules left and right to harass targeted taxpayers, conservative patriots, selected journalists, etc., but it will strictly exercise inconsistent and subjective rules to deny a child a shot at life. And they called us liars when we spoke of “death panels” – faceless bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor to make life and death decisions about a loved one’s survival. It doesn’t sound so far fetched anymore, does it?
– Sarah Palin
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. health secretary said she won’t intervene in an “incredibly agonizing” transplant decision about a dying Pennsylvania girl, noting that three other children in the same hospital are just as sick.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh also called Sebelius out (h/tp Gary Jackson).
Death Panel: Secretary Sebelius Denies Lung Transplant for 10-Year-Old Girl
June 05, 2013BEGIN TRANSCRIPT——————-
RUSH: Kathleen Sebelius, have you heard about this? There’s a little girl in Pennsylvania who is being denied a lung transplant because she’s 10 years old.
I lit a cigar in honor of Sarah Palin right as the program began. Death panels. Just exactly what Sarah Palin said, exactly what we all knew. Obamacare establishes death panels, and right now Sebelius is it. And that’s what Obamacare says. I don’t know how many times it says it in there, but the phrase “as the secretary shall determine,” meaning the secretary of Health and Human Services. Well, Sebelius is determined a 10-year-old doesn’t get the lung. She doesn’t get a lung transplant ’cause she is 10 years old, and you have to be 12 to get a lung transplant under the current regulations.
Her congressman has begged Sebelius to waive the regulation, but she has refused. The congressman’s a Republican. Of course Sebelius would refuse. But I remember how people laughed. I remember how the media said, “Ah, you Republicans, ah, you conservatives, you’re just over the top. There aren’t any death panels. What are you talking about?” Look, I’m not even gonna sit here and say that Sebelius is wrong not to not intervene, but they’re death panels. The government’s making the decision who lives and dies. That’s what Obamacare is. Little think piece, just a little bit. A proposition to the low-information voters.
CALLER: This morning I’m listening to CBS News, and I think I did a double-take when I heard a story about Kathleen Sebelius saying no to that kid, and I thought, holy cow, is that a shot across the bow to the public or what? Then I hear a story about Mrs. Obama heckled at a private fundraiser, and they ran audio of that, and I’m thinking, okay, what’s going on here, you know?
RUSH: Well, as far as Sebelius, the value there is that yes, Virginia, there are death panels, and she’s it.
Thankfully, a federal judge stepped in after the child’s parents filed a lawsuit. Tony Lee at Big Government reports:
A federal judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to suspend the so-called “Under-12” rule and allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan onto an adult transplant list in a Wednesday ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson made the ruling a day after Sebelius refused to intervene in the case, saying transplant decisions should be left to “experts.” He directed Sebelius to order the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to let Murnaghan, who is dying of cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant, on the adult list for “at least nine days” until a June 14 hearing. The decision only applies to Murnaghan and not to other children who may be similarly situated.
According to NBC News, Murnaghan’s parents sued Sebelius on Wednesday to prevent her from enforcing the “Under-12” rule, alleging it “unfairly penalizes their daughter, Sarah Murnaghan, and other young children awaiting transplants.”
It remains to be seen whether Sebelius will try to impose her will at the hearing. Let us pray that she does not.