Sunday, August 16, 2009

About the 'death panels' remarks by Sarah Palin

A charge by Sarah Palin that "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." We know who's talking...

In fact, the cited provision of the bill merely authorizes Medicare reimbursement for physicians who provide voluntary counseling about such subjects as living wills. The provision is based on a separate bill that was cosponsored by a Republican, Charles Boustany of Louisiana. His Democratic cosponsor, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, has called this attack on the bill "an all-time low".

The "death panel" argument was endorsed by the Investor's Business Daily, which analogized the bill to the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom and editorialized: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."

Hawking, however, who has lived his entire life in the United Kingdom, responded, "I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."
Good to know this America!!!!

Day Opening - August 16

The Eagle has landed...