Obama Spoke of “Death Panels” in April 2009?
Well then! Sarah Palin’s description of “death panels” is being seen as more and more on the mark afterall. I wrote about this initially in my post “Sorry, Palin-haters, She is RIGHT About Obama’s Deathcare” and then followed that up with examples of pundits supporting her classification of Obama’s “end-of-life care” as “death panels” in “Yes, “Death Panels” is Appropriate to Say“.
Tom Maguire digs further into that April Bloomberg story — and the David Leonhardt NYT interview behind it — and discovers that Obama came a lot closer to talking about “death panels” back in April than I’d thought. Here’s the key passage [emphasis added by Maguire]. It comes as Obama is talking about the hip replacement his grandmother got a few weeks before her death:
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THE PRESIDENT: So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right?
I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.
LEONHARDT: So how do you – how do we deal with it?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now.
[ … ] He’s talking about a panel of independent experts making end-of-life recommendations in order to save costs that have an effect at an individual level. And he thought it would be in the bill that emerges. … It’s also pretty clear that something like the “IMAC” panel is what he has in mind.
More, via Shannon Love: The Dangers of Decompartmentalized Health Care Spending (via Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit)
“The elderly consume 70% of all health care spending. That means that when it comes to cost control, they will bear the brunt of the burden. If we don’t cut spending on the elderly we can’t reduce cost without simply denying care for everyone else. When it comes down to choice between spending on old people and children, the elderly know full well who we are going to pick.”
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