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Archive for July 29th, 2013

Must Read on Obamacare, Death Panels, and Who’s Now In Agreement

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on July 29, 2013

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She warned us.  Sarah Palin warned us over, and over, and over.  The term “death panels”, which Palin brought to the forefront of the Obamacare discussion in 2009, was mocked and ridiculed.  In fact, the Breitbart  article below reminds us that it was Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” in 2009.

Okay, to be fair, the death panels are not exactly referred to as “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act but as “IPAB” (Independent Payment Advisory Board).  It should be noted that even the American Medical Association supports the repeal of IPAB.

It seems that yet again, Palin was right.

Following is a must-read article written by John Nolte over at Breitbart.  In it you just might be surprised at who is now saying essentially what Palin wrote about some four years ago.

 

In December of 2009, Politifact, a left-wing website that poses as an objective fact checker, awarded former Alaska governor Sarah Palin its “Lie of the Year.” Politifact claimed that Palin’s use of the term “death panel” to describe the rationing that will come with ObamaCare was the biggest whopper of ’09:

Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest.

“Death panels.” …

[Palin’s] assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, “Death panels?  Really?”

Yes, really.

And Democrat Howard Dean agrees. In a Monday Wall Street Journal op-ed, Dean writes:

One major problem [with ObamaCare] is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.

Here is what Palin wrote four years ago:

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.

If what Dean fears comes true, specifically that “IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them,” it takes no leap of logic or faith to fear which expensive and/or experimental procedures will not be covered.

Of course that kind of thinking is most likely to hurt those seen as the least desirable by bureaucrats — those unable to “contribute”: the elderly, disabled, and sick. (Palin forgot one group: the unborn.)

IPAB is what Palin directly referred to in her “death panel” post. And for spelling out the truth about the obvious human consequence of a rationing problem both she and Howard Dean agree is very real, she was awarded Politifact’s “Lie of the Year.”

What is important to remember, though, is that Palin was falsely smeared with PolitiFact’s “award” in December of 2009. At the time, ObamaCare was still four months from being signed into law and still not a sure thing to make it that far. More

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Caller Wants Palin to Lead Conservatives

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on July 29, 2013

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During today’s Rush Limbaugh Show a caller discusses his desire for Sarah Palin to lead conservatives in a take over of the Republican Party.

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RUSH: Here’s Greg in Nashua, New Hampshire.  You’re next on the EIB Network.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Based on what you’re saying about the Republican Party abandoning a large chunk of the American population — including conservatives — or even being any real opposition to the Democrats on Obamacare and apparently everything else, I’m wondering whether Sarah Palin’s recent gambit that if the GOP… I think she calls them the GOP brain trust on the Greta show.  If the GOP is indeed abandoning her as well as a large swath of American voters, she’s going independent.  Palin is a prominent Republican. Even beyond what Ted Cruz or Mike Lee has said, she’s broached the topic of going outside the GOP if need be, and maybe she’s right on target there. Maybe she can lead the way out of this conundrum of the Dems and the GOP, apparently, being joined at the hip, at least on Obamacare and probably a lot more.

RUSH:  Well, you mean by going third party?

CALLER:  Yeah, or thing if… Turn the party over to her she’ll go third.

RUSH:  Now, wait a minute.  I think I mighta missed something.  Nobody is gonna turn the party over to anyone.   More

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