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‘Death Panels’: Here’s the Deal

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Obamacare, Obamarama on 22/03/2011 at 18:55

That little ditz Sarah Palin was right again. Just when you were convinced he didn’t want to give granny an early sendoff to the Big Sayonara, Barack’s other shoe drops. Death panels are here.

Whether you call it an end-of-life counseling contingency or a mandatory Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), death panels are a cleverly hidden reality within the trillion-dollar government snafu we all affectionately know as ObamaCare. In fact, end of life counseling—perhaps a better term is “end-of-life lotto”—isn’t the half of it.

Even some Democrats are jumping ship on this one.

The Daily Caller:

An often-overlooked portion of President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), will face heat in the coming months from Congress and from the courts. Congressman Phil Roe, Tennessee Republican, told The Daily Caller the IPAB is the “real death panel” in the health care law, as compared to “end-of-life counseling” provisions in Obamacare that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin once deemed “death panels.”

“This one is the real baby right here – and most people missed this,” Roe told TheDC. “What everybody was talking about, when you saw Sarah Palin and so forth, what they were talking about these advanced directives where you sit down and there’s sort of mandatory counseling – and Medicare paid for it. This IPAB got missed – and it’s the real death panel.”

In his exclusive interview in today’s DC, Congressman Coe, who is a medical doctor, goes onto say that the IPAB will cap total sums Medicare recipients can receive for care, and thus make decisions based purely on cost rather than need options.

Palin has been lambasted in the media for months on end since 2009 when she warned the nation that the President’s takeover of national health care would result in what essentially amounts to death panels. The blogosphere is still loaded with slanderous lies.

Palin was speaking of the so-called “end of life counseling” panels, but the congressman is talking about another board that will essentially accomplish the same end; i.e. kill off seniors and others with “low quality of life” prospects by denying essential care.

Both schemes are still embedded within the bowels of ObamaCare.

The intent here is self-evident. While Democrats in Congress would like you to believe that Nanny State governance will put you on the road to cheaper insurance rates, it in fact will put you on the gurney to a Margaret Sanger-style liquidation mill. What’s next, “Soylent Green”?

Be assured, this is not the end of it. When the lid finally comes off ObamaCare it will be rife with “quality of life” panels and boards, all designed to give you a quick sendoff in your twilight years.

Where is Charlton Heston when we need him!


O’Reilly-Obama Super Bowl Interview: Yawn

In Disappearing Ink, Harvard Math, Obamarama on 07/02/2011 at 18:29

If we had any doubts about Barack Obama’s determination to exert his will over the American people, whether they like it or not, they vanished in his token interview with Bill O’Reilly last night. Thank God the Green Bay Packers didn’t let me down.

O’Reilly promised a no-holds-barred interview with questions we have not heard before. Maybe, if we wanted to know about Obama’s pick in the Super Bowl game. The fact is we learned absolutely nothing new.

The President is not backing down an inch on Obamacare and he is positive the American people really want it. Which is exactly what he said all summer long when tea parties were marching the streets telling him to get his hands off their pocketbooks. And of course he was also still non compos mentis on the Islamic threat with both the current Egypt situation, as well as Iran.

The rest of the interview was typical Chicago southside homeboy flimflam and nothing more. Apparently O’Reilly is saving a couple of tidbits for tonight’s broadcast but they better be real zingers because last night sucked. I was expecting to hear O’Reilly say, “How about that Elena Kagan?” any minute.

Of course the Left is promoting this as gritty, raw edged stuff—Obama in the Lion’s Den—ha! ha! Which is good fluff for the President’s “I’m a moderate, I’ve always been a moderate” campaign moving into the 2012 election cycle.

In fairness to the Factor host, though, he hardly had time to get his seat warm before Babu was off to the pregame party. The President is masterful at running out the clock on interviews and he did a better job on Bill than I expected.

There is a scary element to all of this. Polls do not reflect widespread public outrage at Obama’s juggernaut-like move to own the U.S. economy. Granted the tea parties gained major traction on health care last summer, but health care is merely one aspect of a multi-pronged attack on our freedoms.

While it may be tempting to chuckle about Michelle Obama’s intrusion into national nutrition, we will shortly be paying more for less at restaurants due to the First Sister’s pressure on the National Restaurant Association to reduce portion sizes in children’s meals.

There is virtually no area of American life that this administration has not attempted to regulate in one-way or another. Can’t you just see the Happy Meals flying off the shelves once McDonald’s replaces French fries with apple slices?

What is perhaps most disturbing after an interview like this is that Republicans on the Hill gave O’Reilly little fodder with which to pin Obama down.

Does anyone in the GOP have the balloons to hold this president’s feet to the fire on the issues, or are we simply going to see more bipartisan BS in coming days?

The mainstream party leadership is petrified at the idea of Sarah Palin gaining steam going into the new year, but so far she is literally the only one in the entire Republican apparatus who is attacking the guy head on.