Over the past few days, two prominent Republicans have been absolutely reviled in the liberal media for telling the truth about Obamacare. The first, Sarah Palin, has been ripped for writing an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that explains how Obamacare would give unelected officials life-and-death health care rationing powers. The second, Joe Wilson, is being treated as if he was Osama Bin Laden for shouting “You Lie” during Barack Obama’s major health care speech to Congress. But you know what? They are both right.
First of all let’s consider Sarah Palin’s claim that Obamacare would create “death panels” that would make life and death decisions for the chronically ill. The following is a brief excerpt from Palin’s Wall Street Journal article…..
Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He’s asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council—an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs. In an interview with the New York Times in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives . . . .”
Sarah Palin is absolutely correct about this. Barack Obama’s health care reform package would not only allow unelected government bureaucrats to decide what treatments are the most “cost efficient”, but it would also give them the power to decide whether it is “cost effective” to treat someone at the end of their life at all.
This is what happens in other nations (such as the U.K.) where health care decisions are placed in the hands of unaccountable government bureaucrats. In the name of “cutting costs”, Americans simply will not have the option of getting whatever health care they want whenever they want it any longer. They will have to settle for whatever is “cost efficient”.
Sarah Palin did not mince words in her article as she described the implications of Obamacare…..
Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats’ proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans.
When Obama uses terms like “controlling costs” and “improving efficiency” what he really is talking about is health care rationing and the loss of health care freedom. Health care choices are to be curtailed for the good of American society in Obama’s twisted vision of the future.
In fact, what most Americans do not realize is that a big step towards this kind of rationing was already passed in the economic stimulus bill. That bill established “The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research”, and Obama has already appointed the 15 members of that council (including Rahm Emanuel’s brother). We reported on this very troubling development here:
The New York Times described the purpose of this council this way…..
Under the legislation, researchers will receive $1.1 billion to compare drugs, medical devices, surgery and other ways of treating specific conditions.
Compare them for what purpose?
For the purpose of choosing what is most “cost effective” and “efficient” of course. Ultimately the goal is to impose those “choices” on American citizens so that the entire health care system can “control costs”.
Shifting gears, let’s talk a look at U.S. Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst. He is being absolutely vilified in the mainstream media for yelling “You Lie” during Barack Obama’s health care address to Congress. Video of this incident is posted below…..
First of all, it needs to be recognized that George W. Bush was treated in a similar manner by the Democrats and there was never any outrage in the liberal media. So this is clearly blatant hypocrisy by the liberal media.
But setting that aside, was Joe Wilson right?
Was Barack Obama telling a lie?
Well, the truth is that last month, by a vote of 23 to 18, the House Ways and Means Committee defeated an amendment which would have explicitly excluded illegal aliens from the health care reform bill.
But why would such an amendment be necessary?
Last month the Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan policy research arm of Congress, issued a report that indicated that without a citizenship verification system, illegal aliens would receive health care subsidies.
The executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian, told CNN that the CRS report “undermines the claims of the president and others that illegal immigrants would not be covered under the House version of the bill.”
In addition, the reality is that illegal immigrants already receive free health care in emergency rooms throughout the United States. As Newsweek explains…..
Hospitals simply aren’t allowed to refuse treatment in emergency situations, regardless of the patient’s immigration status.
Due to the failed immigration policies of Clinton, Bush and now Obama we now have approximately 30 to 40 million illegal aliens absolutely swamping the health care system and driving many hospitals to the brink of bankruptcy.
Nothing in Barack Obama’s health care plan does anything to fix this.
The truth is that it has now become clear that Barack Obama is a habitual liar. Very, very few statements that he makes are 100 percent pure truth. Instead of listening to his rhetoric, Americans need to read the health care bills for themselves as they are developed.
The reality is that the American health care system is about to be fundamentally changed, and if the American people do not want to wake up someday to an absolute health care nightmare they better urge their representatives to do something about it while they still can.