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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!

The Label You Should Be Looking For is ‘Made in China’

In Bowling for Dollars, Can You Hear Me Now?, Civil Lefts, The Wrong Right Turn on 24/02/2011 at 16:47

At the considerable risk of inconveniencing Indiana’s Mitch Daniels with their timing, several governors around the country are making valiant attempts at rectifying a wrong done more than four decades ago.

Of course, the midget from Monongahela got busy walking back his statements after burning Governor Scott Walker two days ago, but the moment should not be lost on the few deranged Republicans who consider Daniels as a presidential contender.

What Daniels has presumably missed is that the time for saving innumerable states from insolvency was yesterday; and regardless of how inconvenient it may be for his political ambitions, now is not a moment too soon to make drastic reductions of government unions benefits.

Collective bargaining for public employees, like Medicare and Social Security before it, was an oversight that has come back to bite the American taxpayer right where he sits. We are stuck with the latter two, but government unions are not entitlements we must live with.

These are the teachers, street sweepers, and other bureaucratic props who have better insurance benefits than seven out of ten Americans; they enjoy more paid holidays, vacation days and live in better homes than their masters.

In the words of John Wayne, “Listen up” Badger staters, Hoosiers and Buckeyes, because this argument was lost on Michigan and Illinois: the job you cut today—those of the overpriced teachers, janitors and power-tripping desk clerks at the DMV—is the job that won’t go to South Carolina and Tennessee tomorrow.

Pubic employee unions are burying your states in debt; they are simply pricing you out of the industrial marketplace. General Motors and Chrysler spent the first half of the twentieth century building plants and the last half closing them down. They stand as rusting cairns to the Industrial Age because of the ever-increasing demands of the AFL-CIO and Teamsters.

Missing in this equation—so far at least—is the Republican fast gun, come to town a huntin’ a showdown. We were looking for him in Scott Walker but the boy is slow. This is no job for wimps. It will take creative legislating to get around the fleebagger Democrats hiding out across the borders, and pink-slips aplenty to squelch the deadbeats with fraudulent doctor’s notes.

Eat your Wheaties John Kasich, your country needs you.

As painful as it is to say, the United States can live without Chevys and Chryslers, as long as Hondas and Nissans are being made in America. What the country cannot live with, however, are overpriced public servants who can walk off the job until they achieve their demands. The nation is literally bursting at the seams with as-or-better-qualified workers who will replace them at half the price.

Is this about union busting? Hell yes! What, are you people deaf? We are broke. Hello! The money we used to pay these pampered teachers is in Shanghai feeding young communist workers, who are learning how to build cars and airplanes.

Editor’s Note: Grant O’Neill is a former union organizer and negotiator with expertise in strike strategy and work slowdown techniques.

George Washington Didn’t Sleep Here

In Obamacare, Obamarama on 26/02/2010 at 08:45

The Republican Party made a terrible error during the 1950s, when the radical elements began to arise throughout academia and the entertainment communities in Hollywood and New York. They should have left them alone. I’m talking about the effete little Marxists-socialists like Pete Seeger and the beat poets such a William S. Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg. The Republican Party should have let them spout and decry the government and capitalism. The left would not be a significant force in America today, had they followed that course.

Know what it cost us to run our investigations into them and dispatch the FBI to watch their every move? It cost us the civil rights movement. In 1959, Martin Luther King sought out the GOP’s help in his cause, and Richard Nixon, fearing J. Edgar Hoover’s warnings that their were communists in the movement, turned him down. King and virtually every African American in the country turned to the Democratic Party.

We lost the most important issue of the 20th century and allowed the American Communist Party a role in the course of social justice because of that one lapse in judgment.

Barack Obama is a product of that movement. I suppose that’s the long way around, in saying that what happened at Blair House today was an indirect result of all of those decades; Mario Savio and Tom Hayden and Abbie Hoffman and hundreds more like them. They are the generation that created Barack Obama.

I’ve always considered the man in the White House to be my President, regardless of our political differences. But never have I been more ashamed of an American President as I am tonight.

I sat on the edge of my chair and watched him insult an American hero, a man who more to his country in five years at Hanoi Hilton than Barack Obama has given in forty-seven years, and I hope, more than he will ever be called upon to give. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am no fan of Senator John McCain. I deeply disagree with his progressive conservatism. But, as a man, I would be honored to shine his shoes.

When Obama made two references to winning the election today, I was mortified. It was a classless display of arrogance and a terrible thing for any leader of the Free World to say to a great American.

I had prepared to write tonight about the way the Democrats dominated the summit and barely gave the Republicans an opportunity to speak, and how they tried to mask their agenda, but I think we all got that as it was happening. I wonder, however, if any of us can imagine what it’s like to get up in the morning in John McCain’s skin, to endure the pain that he lives with every day for his sacrifice.

A lot of myths are floating around about Blair House. It has a rich history. One rumor on the Internet gave me a chuckle; it said that George Washington slept there. Practically every inn in New England makes the same claim, but it would have been a neat trick at Blair House. It was built 25 years after Washington died. So, George didn’t sleep there.

But neither was the spirit of Washington embodied in our President there today. Barack Obama owes John McCain an apology. He all of us an apology.

Yes, Barack, you won the election, but the American people, not John McCain, are the real losers.