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Sorry, Palin-haters, She is RIGHT About Obama’s Deathcare

Really sad that people on the Left and the Right still cannot get over their deranged obsession with smearing anything and everything about Sarah Palin. The latest is the ignorant, emotional ranting about her recent statement about Obamacare:

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.

All anyone has to do to realize that Sarah Palin is spot-on correct about Obama’s ideology with regards to “healthcare” is read Dr Ezekiel Emanuel (yes, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s brother), Obama’s prime health care advisor:  Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions.  But yet, instead of doing that, we get…

Via William Jacobsen: An Inconvenient Truth About the “Death Panel”

The incoming fire has been withering, as usual. Palin is accused of becoming the “Zombie Queen,certifiably insane, “clinically wrong,” and espousing a “gruesome mix of camp and high farce.”

These critics, however, didn’t take the time to find out to what Palin was referring when she used the term “level of productivity in society” as being the basis for determining access to medical care. If the critics, who hold themselves in the highest of intellectual esteem, had bothered to do something other than react, they would have realized that the approach to health care to which Palin was referring was none other than that espoused by key Obama health care adviser Dr. Ezekial Emanuel (brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel).

The article in which Dr. Emanuel puts forth his approach is “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions,” published on January 31, 2009. A full copy is embedded below. Read it, particularly the section beginning at page 6 of the embed (page 428 in the original) at which Dr. Emanuel sets forth the principles of “The Complete Lives System.”

While Emanuel does not use the term “death panel,” Palin put that term in quotation marks to signify the concept of medical decisions based on the perceived societal worth of an individual, not literally a “death panel.” And in so doing, Palin was true to Dr. Emanuel’s concept of a system which

considers prognosis, since its aim is to achieve complete lives. A young person with a poor prognosis has had a few life-years but lacks the potential to live a complete life. Considering prognosis forestalls the concern the disproportionately large amounts of resources will be directed to young people with poor prognoses. When the worst-off can benefit only slightly while better-off people could benefit greatly, allocating to the better-off is often justifiable….

When implemented, the complete lives system 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.

Put together the concepts of prognosis and age, and Dr. Emanuel’s proposal reasonably could be construed as advocating the withholding of some level of medical treatment (probably not basic care, but likely expensive advanced care) to a baby born with Down Syndrome. You may not like this implication, but it is Dr. Emanuel’s implication not Palin’s.

Not only are Obama-lovers unjustly attacking Sarah Palin — not that that is anything new — but we also have so-called conservatives stating:

“I wholeheartedly agree that this statement by Sarah Palin on her Facebook page is unconscionable, outrageous, and either a deliberate lie, or proof that she really is an airhead”


Thankfully, instead of ridiculous name-calling, most conservatives are doing their best to get out the FACTS of the matter: Death Panels? What Death Panels? Oh, Those Death Panels

Meanwhile, the effects of socialized medicine in Britain — engineered by government-run cost-cutting panels on which Obamacare would be modeled — continue to wreak havoc on the elderly and infirm:

*Elderly left at risk by NHS bidding wars to find cheapest care with reverse auctions

*Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections

*Elderly suffer in care shambles

*Twisted priorities that let the elderly suffer

*NHS neglects elderly depression.

*NHS failure on Down’s screening kills healthy babies

*‘I said to the nurse, please feed her:’ Pauline Pringle’s mother went into hospital for a hip operation and came out close to starvation. And as Blake Morrison reports, hers is not an isolated case

Then there is this from Ann Althouse (via Michelle Malkin):

She doesn’t say that the government will kill disabled (or elderly) persons directly, but that death will occur as a result of the decisions of cost controlling bureaucrats with the power to determine who can receive various treatments. I don’t know why “level of productivity in society” is in quotes, nor do I know whether it is the plan to ration care on this basis. Those are actually serious matters, and I’d like to know the answers. What Kleefeld is doing is trying to sweep Palin aside as a big crazy wacko.

Yes, she used a colorful expression “death panel,” but it’s a good and fair polemical expression if in fact life-saving care will be rationed on this basis. I have found myself saying, in conversation, “I’m afraid Obama is going to kill me.” Now, I’m not picturing him or one of his minions coming over to murder me, but I am afraid that as I get older and need expensive care to keep me alive that I will be told I cannot have it, because at my age, in the government’s opinion, there’s not enough life left in me to be worth the money that I would take from the system that needs to pay for everything.

Also see Deroy Murdock at Real Clear Politics: Government Medicine Should Horrify Americans

And more about Obamacare’s deathcare provisions: Undue Influence — The House Bill Skews End-of-Life Counsel

Obama and his marxist minions in Congress are working to shove this catastrophe down the throats of the American people, yet all Obama-lovers and some so-called conservatives can do is smear Sarah Palin. Brilliant.

Let’s also not forget about Obama’s “Science Czar”, John Holdren (h/t to GOPMOM): “John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet”

Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over American citizens.

The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?

These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology — informally known as the United States’ Science Czar. In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:

• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

Impossible, you say? That must be an exaggeration or a hoax. No one in their right mind would say such things.

Well, I hate to break the news to you, but it is no hoax, no exaggeration.

[ … ]

Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.

In today’s world, however, the number of children in a family is a matter of profound public concern. The law regulates other highly personal matters. For example, no one may lawfully have more than one spouse at a time. Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?

But, hey, let’s ignore the totalitarians whom Obama has appointed all around him and with whom Obama has been associating all his life and by whom Obama has been mentored all his life. Yeah, let’s ignore all that and just smear Sarah Palin. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Brilliant. Idiots.

More on the healthcare ideology of Obama’s healthcare advisor, and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Ezekiel Emanuel:

death panel, aka “comparative effectiveness research” panel:

Emanuel bluntly admits that the cuts will not be pain-free. “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change,” he wrote last year (Health Affairs Feb. 27, 2008).

Savings, he writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, “as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others” (Journal of the AMA, June 18, 2008).

Yes, that’s what patients want their doctors to do. But Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else.

Many doctors are horrified by this notion; they’ll tell you that a doctor’s job is to achieve social justice one patient at a time.

Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia”

Posted by: Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter at August 09, 2009 08:31 PM

A trip down memory lane.  All the way to 2008 with Stanley Kurtz: Barack Obama’s Lost Years — The senator’s tenure as a state legislator reveals him to be an old-fashioned, big government, race-conscious liberal.

Obama’s overarching political program can be described as “incremental radicalism.” On health care, for example, his long-term strategy in Illinois was no secret. He repeatedly proposed a state constitutional amendment mandating universal health care. Prior to the 2002 budget crisis, Obama’s plan was to use the windfall tobacco settlement to finance the transition to the new system. That would have effectively hidden the huge cost of universal care from the taxpayer until it was too late. Yet Obama touted his many tiny expansions of government-funded health care as baby steps along the path to his goal. The same strategy will likely be practiced-if more subtly-on other issues. Obama takes baby-steps when he has to, but in a favorable legislative environment, Obama’s redistributionist impulses will have free rein, and a budget-busting war on poverty (not to mention entitlement spending) will surely rise again.

August 9, 2009 , 3:42PM - Posted by | Barack Obama, Communism, Death Panels, Democrats, Fascism, Healthcare, Liberalism, Marxism, Sarah Palin, Socialism


  1. The way the left piles on everything S.P. does shows how much they fear her. It’s like double teaming the opponent’s key player in basketball.

    Comment by larryk12309 | August 9, 2009 , 6:18PM

    • I agree. They have some delusional, irrational fear/hatred of her, which is 10 times worse than their irrational hatred/fear of President Bush. It’s really ridiculous.

      Comment by michaelinmi | August 10, 2009 , 9:26PM

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