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Saturday, August 15, 2009


Sarah Palin on Facebook. (link via Gateway Pundit)

As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. [1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.
All emphasis in the original. Now, I've heard some folks say that the term "Death Panel" is a bit too much hyperbole for them to swallow. OK, fine, what would those folks call it?

And it was only after Palin started speaking about "Death Panels" that the language was removed from the bill. Call it by whatever name you want, it was a section that would have given the government power to control live and death medical decisions. And that, my friends is flat out wrong. If it took over-the-top hyperbole to get it removed, so be it.

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