Obama said the overhaul would not cover illegal immigrants nor use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and he does not intend a government takeover of health care — as critics have claimed at contentious town hall-style meetings with members of Congress.First of all, Sarah Palin didn’t “introduce” the idea of death panels in her August 7, 2009 Facebook post. Betsy McCaughey was all over this in February, warning about the health-care rationing controls hidden in the President’s stimulus bill.
He also took a swipe at "death panels," an idea former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin introduced on her Facebook page.
"As every credible person who has looked into it has said, there are no so-called death panels — an offensive notion to me and to the American people," Obama said. "These are phony claims meant to divide us."
Then, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a speech warning about this on the floor of the House of Representatives on July 31st., quoting directly from the mouths of Obama’s own health-care advisers on their theories of limiting health care for the less promising cases.
All Sarah Palin did was mention how this elephant in the room was threatening her own child, Trig.
But some people just can’t handle Sarah Palin, so here are some other “credible” persons who’ve looked into it and seen the equivalent of life-denying rationing:
Ann Althouse: "I have found myself saying, in conversation, 'I'm afraid Obama is going to kill me.'"
Nat Hentoff: "President Obama's desired health care reform intends that a federal board . . .decides whether your quality of life, regardless of your political party, merits government-controlled funds to keep you alive. Watch for that life-decider in the final bill. It's already in the stimulus bill signed into law."
Liberal Washington Post reporter Charles Lane: "[A]s I read it, Section 1233 is not totally innocuous. . . . [because it] addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones. Supporters protest that they're just trying to facilitate choice -- even if patients opt for expensive life-prolonging care. I think they protest too much: If it's all about obviating suffering, emotional or physical, what's it doing in a measure to 'bend the curve' on health-care costs?"
Good question. Oh, and I consider myself credible, at least in my own mind. I have looked into this, and I've got no doubts these people have every intention of establishing government control over end-of-life decisions for the sake of what they consider a higher good.
But Obama doesn't really want you to look into it for yourself. He wants you to trust him that all the really credible people agree with him that everything is hunky-dory with this plan.
Now do you really want to take Jon Stewart's scornful word for something this important?