What is the greater outrage: That the president of the United States lied during an address to the nation, or that someone shouted out that he did?
You may recall that democrat senators accused George W. Bush of lying during addresses to congress and the nation and never apologized for it. I’ll grant that it was not during the actual speech (at least audible enough for the cameras to pick up). Knowing our former president, even if it were, he would have looked at the shouter with respect, and moved on with his speech, as he did when democrats first broke common protocol in booing him in 2005. He would not do as Obama did and glare at the offender with a “How dare you question me!” look.
It would have been bad enough were it one falsehood spoken Wednesday night, yet there were plenty. One was this: “[T]onight I’d like to address some of the key controversies that are still out there, claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.”
The “prominent politician” Obama cites is Sarah Palin, who coined the term “death panels” last month. Palin responded to the president’s words immediately…
“…In fact, after promising to “make sure that no government bureaucrat …. gets between you and the health care you need,” the President repeated his call for an Independent Medicare Advisory Council — an unelected, largely unaccountable group of bureaucrats charged with containing Medicare costs. He did not disavow his own statement 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….”
So the president does indeed intend to set up panels…of bureaucrats…who will have the authority to determine what the state will spend on you for your end of life care. If the state is paying the tab, they will have final say in when enough is enough. If you don’t believe that, look at the state of Oregon, which already has the sought after socialized medicine.
Remember Obama’s words to Jane Sturm?
“…at least we can let doctors know…that you know what? Maybe this isn’t gonna help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the pain killer.”
The president can claim these panels will not kill anyone off, but he cannot claim they don’t have the power to do so, just because he thinks the phrasing will hurt him politically.