In the aftermath of the passage of Obamacare we have witnessed an onslaught of accidental truth telling by Democrats. We have heard from some that the EO does nothing. Duh. We have heard that Obamacare is really about distributing the wealth. Duh. But I found this particular but of truth telling to be most fascinating.
Liberals have derided the concept of ‘death panels’ for months ever since Sarah Palin coined the term. Nonsense, they shouted. President Obama laughingly and condescendingly dismissed the the notion. But now that it is passed, there is no problem admitting it now. Yes, there are death panels.
Paul Krugman of the NY Times appearing on This Week laughs at the notion of death panel and then goes on to explain in startling detail how the death panels will save money.
The advisory panel which has the ability to make more or less binding judgments on saying this particular expensive treatment actually doesn’t do any good medically and so we are not going to pay for it. That is actually going to save quite a lot of money. We don’t know how much yet. The CBO gives it very little credit but, but most, most of the health care economists I talk to think that’s going be a really, uh a really major cost savings.
First off, I loathe dis-ingenuousness. How can you say a panel is merely ‘advisory’ when it gets to make ‘binding decisions?’ But Gramma wants to live but an impersonal panel says no because ‘it won’t do any good’ and that is binding. So Gramma dies. But that is ok because “health care economists I talk to think that’s going be a really, uh a really major cost savings.”
A lot of people owe Sarah Palin an apology.