Friday, August 14, 2009

 

Congressional Death Panel Euthanizes Section 1233

Thank You, Sarah Palin

The MSM and the idiot left collectively derided Sarah Palin's criticism of Section 1233 of Obamacare, which would have done exactly what similar legislation does in Oregon, as Mark Levin details in his book "Liberty and Tyranny":

"Barbara Wagner was diagnosed with a recurrence of lung cancer. Her doctors recommended a specific drug to help prolong and improve the quality of her life.

"However, Barbara is a resident of Oregon and therefore, part of the state-run Oregon Health Plan. The state refused Barbara Wagner's request for the drug since it doesn't cover drugs that are meant to prolong the life of individuals with advanced cancer. After all, when the Oregon Health Plan was established in 1994 it 'was expressly intended to ration health care'" to save money." But Oregon also has legalized assisted suicide, and in an unsigned letter from the state, Barbara was informed that the health plan would pay to cover the costs of a doctor to help her kill herself," but not give her the drug to prolong her life. She was not ready to have herself killed. "However, it seemed she had reached a dead end until a pharmaceutical company that invented the drug learned about her case and stepped in to provide Barbara with the drug free of charge."

Had they bothered to exercise intellectual curiosity instead of attacking the messenger as usual, Palin's bigoted critics would have discovered her detailed evaluation of Section 1233 fully informed and based on sound research and reasoning (idiots can look that last word up in a big book called a "dictionary").

After the Liar in Chief lamely tried to dismiss her criticisms during his latest TV show as just a “rumor” to be “disposed of”, Palin refused to back down and in fact broadened her critique:

Of course, it’s not just this one provision that presents a problem. My original comments concerned statements made by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and the brother of the President’s chief of staff. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens....An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.” [10] Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which “produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” [11]

President Obama can try to gloss over the effects of government authorized end-of-life consultations, but the views of one of his top health care advisors are clear enough. It’s all just more evidence that the Democratic legislative proposals will lead to health care rationing, and more evidence that the top-down plans of government bureaucrats will never result in real health care reform.

And then a curious thing happened. The "rumor" the Liar in Chief pretended to "dispose of" turned out not to be a rumor but rather a fact, because the Senate Finance Committee just announced it is removing Section 1233 from the Obamacare bill.

Chalk up yet another lie to the Liar in Chief.

Once again we see that the left, led by their Liar in Chief, simply cannot be honest with the public about their ambitions, in this case Obamacare, because they know a fully informed public will reject it en masse as is already happening. Birds fly; fish swim; Americans reject socialism. Socialists know this, so they lie about their intentions and machinations, but Americans are discovering that the smooth-talking Liar in Chief is in fact a prototypical socialist, a totalitarian statist who has surrounded himself his entire adult life with some of the most rabid, anti-American socialists in the country.

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