If You Plan On Getting Old Be Afraid–Be Very Afraid

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A few days ago Sarah Palin said she was relieved that the so called “death panel” or end-of-life language had been removed from consideration in the healthcare legislation being draw up by lawyers and lobbyists..oops I mean Congress. That euphoria will most likely be short lived.

Now some, almost exclusively the leftists running the government and the majority of the media, have said all this death panel talk is a bunch of nonsense, that the legislation says no such thing. Well it depends on who is doing the deciphering of the gobbledygook I suppose. The language used in the slightly varied versions of the 1,000 plus page healthcare bills that have made it out of committee is so convoluted, so general in nature, so malleable that the wording can be interpreted a million different ways (this was deliberate by the way) which the hairballs making up the rules and regulations will certainly take advantage of.

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) had this to say about the issue:

The bill passed by the House committees is so poorly cobbled together that it will have all kinds of unintended consequences, including making taxpayers fund health care subsidies for illegal immigrants.

On the end-of-life issue, there’s a big difference between a simple educational campaign, as some advocates want, and the way the House committee-passed bill pays physicians to advise patients about end of life care and rates physician quality of care based on the creation of and adherence to orders for end-of-life care, while at the same time creating a government-run program that is likely to lead to the rationing of care for everyone.

On the Finance Committee, we are working very hard to avoid unintended consequences by methodically working through the complexities of all of these issues and policy options. That methodical approach continues. We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly. Maybe others can defend a bill like the Pelosi bill that leaves major issues open to interpretation, but I can’t.

Sounds swell huh? Except it’s a pantload of crap.

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You see this “death panel or end-of-life” provision has already been signed into law via the “stimulus bill” which of course was unread by everyone except the crooks who were involved in assembling that piece of legislative garbage.

From American Thinker.com,

Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has come under fire for her Facebook post accusing President Obama and the Democrats of including a “death panel” provision the health care bill. The Associated Press recently ran a ‘Fact Check’ article rebutting Palin’s claim.

AP argues that the bill’s end-of-life counseling provision has been mistaken as a promotion of euthanasia and thus the death panel assertion by Palin and many other conservatives is false and misleading.

The New York Times has joined in the death panel bashing. Jim Rutenburg and Jackie Calmes assert the following:

There is nothing in any of the legislative proposals that would call for the creation of death panels or any other governmental body that would cut off care for the critically ill as a cost-cutting measure.

The AP is technically correct in stating that end-of-life counseling is not the same as a death panel. The New York Times is also correct to point out that the health care bill contains no provision setting up such a panel.

What both outlets fail to point out is that the panel already exists.

H.R. 1 (more commonly known as the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, even more commonly known as the Stimulus Bill and aptly dubbed the Porkulus Bill) contains a whopping $1.1 billion to fund the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council is the brain child of former Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle. Before the Porkulus Bill passed, Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant governor of New York, wrote in detail about the Council’s purpose.

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The creation of this end-of-life board will allow a bunch of unelected hacks, who will never answer to the citizens and voters of this country, to draw up rules and regulations to ostensibly cut medical expenses (in other words find ways so the government will be able to keep more of our money that has been taken from us via taxes so these politicians can blow it on more entitlement programs) by requiring doctors to “council” those people who have reached the age or point in life with medical conditions deemed too expensive by these bureaucrats and to convince the useless eaters to simply accept the fact the gig is up and that it would be much better for the younger population if they would just be a good little patriot and forgo any life extending procedures. People who as Obama put it in one of his recent chit chat sessions, would probably be better off not having that surgery and should just take a painkiller instead.

Naturally Barack Hussein Obama didn’t have his good buddy Ted “Chappaquiddick” Kennedy in mind when he offered up this little piece of wisdom although the puffy old geezer would certainly make a great poster child for this particular issue.

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