Remember when Sarah Palin was lambasted for saying Obamacare would lead to “death panels” – that is, unelected bureaucrats who decide who gets treatment and who doesn’t, and what kind of treatment will be rationed to whom? It is what happens in every socialized medicinal system. Eventually, the government realizes that, despite their promises, they cannot pay for everything with other people’s money. And they begin to ration care. Now, a former Obama administration official is calling for exactly that.
Former “Car Czar” Steven Rattner said this week in a New York Times Op-Ed:
We need death panels.
Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.
But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.
I’m really surprised this is being openly discussed before the election. I would expect the healthcare bill architects to continue to hide what it really is until after (they hope) Obama is re-elected. You may not know this, but recently the Obama administration admitted that many, many people will lose their health plans, whether they like them or not, because of Obamacare. (See here for the story.) As many as 20 million could lose their employer-based coverage altogether, says the Congressional Budget Office. This leaves them needing to buy health insurance or face a hefty fine or even be thrown in jail.
“Oh come on, you’re making this up!” Nope. It was in the bill. Said Nancy Pelosi, “I think the legislation is very fair in this respect.”
Obama even gave us a preview of this in 2009. He was asked by a citizen at a town hall meeting about what criteria the government would use in deciding the kind of care they would pay for. She cited her mother – 105 years old – who had surgery at age 100, something she feared the government wouldn’t allow under an Obama plan. In Obama’s answer, he said this: “At least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help, maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”
“We can let doctors know”? That is rationing. It is death panels. And it is coming to America if we sit by and do not stop it.