On a conference call on Wednesday, President Obama took on the “myth” that the House bill contained death panels saying:
Let me give you just one example, this notion that somehow we are setting up death panels that would decide whether elderly people would live or die. That is just an extraordinary lie.
There is no such thing as a death panel, at least that’s what those who refuse to read the plain language and implication of HR 3200 will tell you. No, the provisions that mandate end of life counseling are just one of the ways of “I’m from the government and I’m here to help!”
Folks, let’s be clear, call it what you want, but anytime you marry a limited ability to pay with an unlimited demand there will be rationing. Some of it will be subtle i.e. long wait times, some not so subtle i.e. procedures denied. The question is, would you rather deal with an employee of a health insurance company where you have legal and other options or would you rather deal with an employee of the DMV who tells you to shut up and sit down until it’s your turn?
Still not convinced? Watch this video. Pay particular attention to the question that they don’t think about:
H/T Dan McLaughlin
Do you suppose that proponents of Oregon’s government plan were telling opponents that a “death panel” was just an “extraordinary lie” as that bill was being debated?
“Is it cheaper to pay for someone to die than to help them live?”
This was the question that received the answer:
“That is not a question that we think about.”
Well of course it’s not! At least not anymore than:
Is it cheaper and less inconvenient to murder this unborn child than to allow it life?”