Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sarah Was Right About Death Panels


It seems that I stirred up some raw emotions from some by not following lock-step with the popular interpretation of Sarah Palin's Facebook statement.

I will argue that many, including some Conservatives and Republicans, have been tricked by the Obama forces slight of hand. They have used Governor Palin's use of the the term "Death Panel" to call attention away from the rest of the statement. In context the term is appropriate.

Here is the "death panel" part of the statement again:

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.


The President and others have purposely misinterpreted and maligned the meaning of the statement for their own agenda. They claim that she has taken the "living will" provision of the health care bill to scare the elderly.

But just read the statement - she is NOT talking solely about euthanasia - she says "And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course."

Now Boys and Girls, you need to know, that there is rationed health care right now in America as Salon.Com has skillfully pointed out in an article entitled "The Death Panels Are Already Here."

Coverage of Palin's remarks, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's defense of them, over the weekend did point out that the idea that the reform plans would encourage government-sponsored euthanasia is one of a handful of deliberate falsehoods being peddled by opponents of the legislation. But the idea that only if reform passes would the government start setting up rationing and interfering with care goes beyond just the bogus euthanasia claim.

Opponents of reform often seem to skip right past any problems with the current system -- but it's rife with them. A study by the American Medical Association found the biggest insurance companies in the country denied between 2 and 5 percent of claims put in by doctors last year (though the AMA noted that not all the denials were improper). There is no national database of insurance claim denials, though, because private insurance companies aren't required to disclose such stats. Meanwhile, a House Energy and Commerce Committee report in June found that just three insurance companies kicked at least 20,000 people off their rolls between 2003 and 2007 for such reasons as typos on their application paperwork, a preexisting condition or a family member's medical history. People who buy insurance under individual policies, about 6 percent of adults, may be especially vulnerable, but the 63 percent of adults covered by employer-provided insurance aren't immune to difficulty.


I urge you to read the article - it gives example after example of "death panels" making decisions in health care. It is something that The Government will necessarily take over if there is a public option.

The question becomes twofold -

1) Do you want the Government Bureaucrats to make those life and death decisions in you or your families health?

2) Will we be allowed to suit the Federal Government if they make the wrong decision?


The second question is an important one because right now you can sue your Insurance company for denying coverage, but the Federal Government is immune from those suits.

So, when the Federal government says NO - it really can be a death sentence - with no means of appeal.

Now, let me address people like Bill Hess, a good man who took exception to the previous posting about Sarah Palin's "death panel" comment. Bill wrote:

You're very funny! And what nerve you have! Trying to say heads is tails. Sarah Palin's comment about death panels is meant to derail the Obama effort to end this practice by the private insurance industry. In tearing down Obama, she was jumping to the aid of such rationing by the insurance companies (who have done it to me) and it is perverse of you to now try to pretend that the argument that most strongly argues against Palin is exactly the kind of thing she was attacking.

Bill, I read your blog, and I am so sorry you had to suffer and that your Insurance company was not there for you.

Everyone agrees that the current health care system must be fixed. But Government run health care is an over-reaction. And make no mistake - that IS what is being proposed.

So it is not me, or Salon.Com, that is saying heads is tails and black is white. It is the people who are pushing for Government controlled health care. They purposely used Sarah Palin's use of the term "death Panel" to obscure its real and deeper question - Do we want the Government making these life and death decisions?

That is the #1 issue with the public option - an option that companies and individuals will gravitate to because it is cheaper without considering the real cost.

Bill, you seem to be a thoughtful man, as I am certain many others are on the Obama side of the health care debate. I just encourage everyone to try and see through the fog of war at what is really at stake.

Sarah Palin used strong words to bring this issue to the forefront. It worked.

Now lets allow the emotions to subside and really discuss the future of health care without the political tactics that have just soured the debate.

14 comments:

Michael April said...

Here we go! Now the lymies are in on it.

Britain's National Health Service is fighting back, calling the claims by right-wing critics of ObamaCare 'ridiculous' and 'untrue.'

Remember people! Britain like us is suffering under a ‘left-leaning Labour government’

Sarah Palin you are right about ObamaCare, You are also right for America.

Palin 2012 Go! Sarah Go!

Ronald Reagan said...

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

I WOULD POINT OUT TO TOM SOWELL THAT THE INSURANCE CO. RUN SYSTEM NOW REFUSES TO PAY THE COSTS. IT IS GOVERNMENT THAT LOOKS OUT FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED, WHILE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES COLLECT BIG PREMIUMS WHILE WE'RE YOUNG AND HEALTHY, THEN CAST US ASIDE WHEN WE GET OLD AND SICK. DOES TOM SOWELL REALLY EXPECT US TO BELIEVE THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE MORE COMPASSIONATE THAN GOVERNMENT?

Bill Hess said...

The Salon article was written to REFUTE Sarah Palin's statement, not to support it. This is made clear at the very top, where the first three words read, "Sorry, Sarah Palin..." In paragraph four, the author uses the phrase "a handful of deliberate falsehoods" and the word "bogus" to describe Palin's contentions.

What Obama is trying to do is not to mandate any kind of health care rationing but to prod Congress to pass health care reform that would put an end to these foul practices by the insurance industry.

Hoping to pander to fear and paranoia in the belief that she can capitalize upon it politically, Sarah Palin has positioned herself as an obstacle against reform, without proposing any alternatives, save to allow the insurance industry to continue as it is.

She decries bogey, fictitious "death panels" that are a product of her imagination even as she protects insurance companies that work to that very end for the sake of profit.

If one is fortunate enough to be in a position to have the best kind of health insurance, as is Sarah Palin, fine. No problem. But many people aren't and she is callous toward them.

AF_Vet said...

I love it when people think typing in all caps thinks other people will definately read what they've written.

Back on topic: It's really disappointing to see people who can't put two and two togehter and see which way this health care bill will carry our standard of living.

Sarah is right (as she has been on just about everything)--Death panels are on the horizon should this sham of a healthcare bill pass.

sillygirl said...

I think the world of Gov. Palin, but I must say I am disappointed in her. I was hoping she would decide to become an advocate for special needs children. Imagine how she could have focused the country's attention on the needs of these children and adults. We wouldn't have to wait until 2012. She could start being enormously effective right now. I know this is her decision, but I think this is an opportunity wasted.

Anonymous said...

0 for 2. First "death panels" - wrong. Second will force seniors out of medicare - wrong. Great week Sarah. Keep it up. We Dems need you.

Anonymous said...

Civics lesson: the bill is in House committee...there will be changes made...then it goes for a vote before the entire House, meanwhile, Senate version being written in committee...gets voted on...then goes to Conference Committee to reconcile the two bills, then voted on by entire Congress. You hysterical people won't recognize it by then.

Michael April said...

Sarah Palin coined the hyper-explicative phrase ‘death panel’ in this argument over health care.
Weather she is right or wrong about ObamaCares intent; she has succeeded in arousing public scrutiny and opinion of this legislation.
In America today where the feelings of disenfranchisement breed apathy; Sarah Palin has stoked our citizens’ self-actualization of their influence and responsibility.

This can only be good for America.

Palin 2012 Go! Sarah Go!

Editor said...

As always, I appreciate when readers point out typos and errors - spell check and re-reads do not catch them all unfortunately.

Thanks you.

Anonymous said...

I'm exhilarated that you think Ms. Palin is the voice of the GOP. If she continues with this hateful speech and false accusations, that she KNOWS are false (death panels, my left elbow!), then the GOP will surely go down in flames. I used to belong to the GOP, but I'd rather be associated with a bunch of tree-hugging lefties than with this type of hatred.

Ms. Palin, Be careful, someday you will stand at the pearly gates, and you cannot pull the wool over their eyes up there! They can see right through you, even more easily than I.

Cheryl said...

Palin is the dumbest woman I know in politics today! When she made this statement about a National Health Care Plan ......"evil" move that would result in "death panels" deciding who would live or die. I know too many people that work full time and have no medical insurance and cannot afford to purchase any and cannot get medical treatment. And I have a full time job, I also cannot afford to pay the high price for medical insurance. I owe the Mayo Clinic $139.00 and they refuse to see me, even when I thought I was having a heart attack. It turned out to be chest wall pain. But they wouldn't see me. So Palin.....I have one thing to say to you, We already have an "Evil" health care system in place now, with its own "Death Panel". What Obama wants will ensure that all people like me and others I know that cannot afford the medical insurance that only well paid people can afford, that people like us, will be able to afford a plan where we can get medical care. That is NOT Evil. What we have now, is Evil! The GOP and Sarah Palin instill fear in the uneducated, the elderly and people that already have a good medical plan through their job or they are wealthy enough to afford a plan.

AF_Vet said...

Wow--Sarah is making an impact.

Obama can't stop responding (feebly) to her, the Dimocrats in the House have had to drop the "End of Life Counseling" from the Bill (no death panels, eh?) and the trolls can't stay away from this site!

Keep up the good work Ms. palin! You got 'em freaking out!

Anonymous said...

People, can't you see? Sarah's already selling her book. It's all about the money.

Dennis M Reed said...

Palin is finally right about death panels...they are the state governments which did not expand Medicaid. People have already died because of lack of medical insurance.