Obama's Ex-Adviser Admits Obamacare Can't Work Without Death Panels

When Sarah Palin criticized plans for Obamacare by saying that costs would be controlled by unethical “death panels” that would ration care based on the panels’ estimate of an individual’s value to society, she was criticized by Democrats in Congress, the White House and in all the liberal media, talk shows and endless comedy sketches.

No, there would never be such a horrific thing as death panels, we were told. That was just Republicans trying to scare people away from the grand socialist future where everyone would receive free high-quality health care. Politifact even dubbed Palin’s observation the “lie of the year” in 2009.

Naturally, Palin was 100 percent right in her assessment of how Obamacare would work, and now a former Obama adviser has admitted it in the New York Times.

The original blog post by Palin that sent liberals over the edge with indignation read:

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.

In a column a couple of weeks ago in the New York Times, former Obama adviser Steven Rattner wrote, “We need death panels. Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.”

It still hasn’t sunk in with Obama supporters, who seem oblivious to the higher medical costs, increased labor costs, consumer inflation and growing tax burden Obamacare is imposing even before it ever treats anyone.

That’s the way socialized medicine works. It cannot increase efficiency as its chief ability is the adding of layers of regulation and bureaucracy. Cost-reducing innovation is out of the question for the same reason.

The only way to control costs in socialized medicine then is to withhold care, and the first to go untreated will be those who cost the most to treat. Under Obamacare, the mechanism for determining who lives or dies is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

During the debates over Obamacare, conservatives were quick to cite countries like Canada, New Zealand and Australia as examples of countries where care is rationed. They were the very countries liberals were telling us we had to emulate, but somehow any “rationing” magically disappeared in liberals’ portrayals of these medical wonderlands.

Rattner points to those same countries as models for how he feels we should limit health care. “We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable,” he writes.

To call the Independent Payment Advisory Board a “death panel” is not an exaggeration in any way, because that is exactly what the board will be deciding on a regular basis. It may not literally haul critical patients before a board of wizened bean counters, but that will be its effect as it develops an entire bureaucracy devoted to deciding if you or your loved one are worth allowing to live.

It’s one of many lies we were told about Obamacare, but it may be the most insidiously evil in intent.








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  • randykyle

    Hey, maybe king-kenya should just take a “pain pill”. Or two. Or a BOTTLE.

  • tonguy

    Obama sucks, and so does his plan. I’m tired of paying for everyone else.

    • racefish

      I don’t think he had any input in writing it and I still think he has no clue what’s in it.

      • boccagalupe

        As he proved the other nite, there’s a lot that he hasn’t a clue about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dessimon Donald E. Simon

    This whole thing is down to one man and that was that no good betrayer Arlen Spectorl

    • racefish

      Something in the Kansas water affecting politicians I suspect.

  • Bob Marshall

    One of the senators pointed out the fact that Sarah Palin was right about the ‘death panels.” Most people chose not to pay any attention to this. If America suffers from one thing more than any other, it is so much ignorance by millions of citizens when it come to our government and its policies. Both foreign and domestic.

    • hpinnc

      Most people are at work,or watching their favorite sports team,or doing their favorite things to be bothered with BORING NEWS of what is going on in our country & the world.I have heard people say,”oh I don’t listen to the news, it’s depressing.” How many of the people voting for obama do you think really understands the issues or knows or even cares where he wants to take the country.They just blindly vote for him.My Neighbor told me,”well I have always voted democrat,because my parents did.” Ignorance & apathy will be the down-fall of our great nation,if the masses don’t wake up & take their heads out of the sand.

  • flint

    if obama get relected old people won’t have to worry about healthcare they will just get a pain pill.

    • warriorsmom

      Are you sure about that? If Obama gets re-elected, then it is reported that a large number of doctors will quite practicing. It takes a doctor to write a prescription for pain medication. If someone can’t find a treating physician, then there won’t be any medication available to the patient. Since Obamacare has already re-allocated $716 billion FROM Medicare to pay for other parts of Obamacare, there isn’t going to be funds to pay the physicians, who might still be seeing elderly patients. Anyone who still believes that there are plans for everyone to have health care needs a mental health evaluation!

      • Sutekh

        Obamacare was just a scam to reroute all health care cash flow through Washington D.C. first, so that the drone politicians could take their huge cut before any of the providers or patients get any benefits.
        Any time organized crime finds a legitimate business that is making a good profit, the crime bosses find a way to subvert the business owner, either by buying up his debt, or simply coercing him to cooperate, so that they can “share” in the profits of the business. Their contribution to productivity, of course, consists only of leaving the businessman alone to do all the work himself, while they provide an “accountant” to come around every pay period to collect 20% of the gross profits.
        Obama may have been born in Kenya, but he is all Chicago now.

      • boccagalupe

        warriorsmom, …. Any group that will propose doing what this miserable Obamacare will do won’t flinch in the least at handing out the pills themselves.No need for Dr. or Pharmacist. Do you think there were Physicians at the concentration camps in nazi germany and poland? Take a grip on reality, these are not nice,or moral people. You did notice that they themselves are not required to be a part of this abomination called obamacare.

        • Sewing Susie

          There was one … Joseph Mengele …

      • Michael Browning

        That’s just it —there will not be a need for MDs because the “death panel” will be the deciding entity and will probably give out the “pill” to the individual before that “patient” leaves the building.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.creamer.79 Thomas Creamer

    Obama and his minions are Lying SOBs !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Maddox/100000340091291 Linda Maddox

    The only way to get health care costs down is by competition! The government doesn’t do anything right! This govt. take over of our health care is going to be full of waste, fraud, and people are going to die! We the people fought against this. The govt. ignored us, this Nov. they wan’t be able to ignore us anymore!

  • adamenochnoah

    Obamacare is even worse than we have been told…

    • racefish

      You haven’t been paying attention then. Most of us understood this was nothing but a massive boodoggle from the first time pen hit paper.

      • adamenochnoah

        Please. I bet you have not even read the law…

        • racefish

          I have read parts of it. On top of that, I’m fairly certain I haven’t been mislead, since, one of my sources is an organization that keeps very good track of what is going on with mental illness relating to this, and it sucks.
          For all the work that’s been don in advocacy the last 30 years for people with severe and persistent mental illness, it seems they’ve been left out in the cold. We have to start all over.

        • Sutekh

          You mean he is quaified to vote on it, like the Democratic Congressmen and Senators did, and qualified to sign it, as Obama did.

        • racefish

          That’s a good one. I think anything that had all those hidden taxes and the promise for reduced services wouldn’t get my vote.

        • Michael Browning

          When something of this magnitude and wide scope is passed at the 11th hour without the voters or members of Congress fuller understanding its implications can only lead to a bad situation for Americans. As Pelosi said, “Let’s get this thing passed so we can see what is in it.” How freeking irresponsible of her and the Congressional leadership of that time. They are playng gods with our health and livelihoods.

    • boccagalupe

      Not so! We HAVE been told. Thats why so many are so adamantly opposed to it.

    • usluv

      Oh…you have no idea how bad.

  • cmjay

    This DEATH PANEL is composed of people who have no MEDICAL background. So some guy off the street can tell you that you are too old to get DIALYSIS , BYPASS SURGERY or a HIP REPLACEMENT These cost too much money and it will be wasted on old people.They will also tell your DOCTOR that he can’t order the TESTS for it is expensive. SENIORS will be the unfortunate RECIPIENTS. of RATIONED CARE.

    • Sutekh

      And if you do not belong to Obama’s two favorite ethnic groups — black, or muslim, or both, you will be put at the head of the line for death. A lot of whites and Christians are going to have to die to get a 13% minority into the majority in this country.
      Hitler killed Jews because he wanted to take their money to use on his Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe. Everyone Obama kills will be killed for their money, too, but there is a special penalty for being white in Obamaland.

  • racefish

    I said at the very beginning this was going to be a joke. No one, especially Obama, had no idea what was in the thing. My biggest concern, being a mental health advocate, was there seemed to be nothing pertaining to mental health or mental illness. Such is the case for any bill passed to usurp the power of the states and limit payments on care.
    I can only hope people will wake up and understand the seriousness of this travesty.

    • boccagalupe

      racefish,… You are aware,are you not of the manner in which the nazis administered healthcare to the mentally challenged? Not pleasant, but swift.

      • racefish

        Quite aware. It was the same treatment the Jews and political enemies got.

  • Sutekh

    That’s how the Democratic Party envisions the glorious socialist future. You work for 45 years, and pay “social security taxes.” Then, when you retire, unelected government bureaucrats appointed by Obama tells you that you are too old to work, obviously, because you quit your job, and you are too sick to keep around. So you get “disappeared,” and a Kenyan village gets a new firetruck, courtesy of your social security taxes, which you suddenly don’t need any more.

  • usluv

    Now why does this sound totally unAmerican to me. In fact. …it sounds rather ghoulish. Being a senior , I don’t know whether to laugh…or run for the hills………in Australia

  • Donna Casas

    I knew Palin was right when she first spoke about the death panels. Obamacare is exactly the wrong program for our country. We aren’t a country that normally functions that way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dessimon Donald E. Simon

    Reading these blogs I can say that we all come to the same conclusion that this so called President hasn’t a clue. But he does have a plan to take control of America and we are to stupid to realize it. He wants to change us into society that relies on government and no one else. All our work and earnings go to government and we get nothing. I can’t understand how the liberals think we as a nation can pay for everyone. They are a product of the conservative way of life. It’s like cutting off the hand that feed you. Stupid just plain Stupid

  • Kengillispiewriter

    The majority of our Great Nation did nothing when the so called leaders of the Democratic party secreted themselves into hidden rooms and forced this monstrosity upon all of us. If we really thought of ourselves as the owners and keepers of the “Shining city on the hill”, then it follows that enough of the People would have been outraged and stopped this law, then removed all who performed the evil, sneaky, and dastardly actions and have them jailed and replaced with others. They(progressives, communists, socialists (really no difference.)) know that without term limits, congress members can do anything it wants, so it did. It’s time We the People vetted these criminals, then put in specific term limits on all government agencies. That out to put the fear of God into them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbjeanpatton Barb Patton

    Since I am 72 I guess my name will be on the death panels sooner than those who comment on this blog. Since I am a cancer survivor as well as have COPD and a messed up heart I certainly do not see myself getting any help whatsoever bar the death panel in the very near future.

  • http://teapartyreaganconservative.blogspot.com/ TeaPartyReaganConservative

    Unless the Individual Independent States of this Nation convene a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw Obamacare, this nation is forever doomed to no longer be a country which it was founded on- The sanctity of the Individual is Sovereign over the govt, and govt shall not infringe upon that Right.

    Once Obamacare was passed by a govt controlled under Obama, Pelosi and Reid, who conspired against it’s own people, against the Will of the Majority of the American People, then upheld by Supreme Court CJ John Roberts, along with the complicit conspiratorial MSMedia complex, that is what has happened.

    And now after a corrupted election that keeps these same people in charge. There is but one alternative left, and if not taken, is only a matter if time before the complete economic, social, political, and even military collapse and down of America as we know it as, and was founded as, happens.