With one Facebook post, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin changed the healthcare debate, putting Obamacare supporters on the defensive while galvanizing Tea Party opponents of it by crystallizing what the fight was about in two words: “death panels.”
In another Facebook post this week, Palin said she stood by “everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say” and urged Americans to stay vigilant because “If the Supreme Court doesn’t strike down Obamacare entirely, then Congress must act to repeal IPAB and Obamacare before it is indeed “too late.”
“All of Obamacare must go one way or another,” Palin wrote. “As we wait for the impending Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, I reiterate what I wrote in my first post on this topic nearly three years ago,”
Regarding that post, Palin said people seemed to have only read two words — “death panel” — in what was otherwise nuanced post. Palin also added that even though she was “called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding.”
Palin, of course, was and is referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and Palin said IPAB’s “purpose all along has been to ‘keep costs down’ by actually denying care via price controls and typically inefficient bureaucracy.” This is what Palin wrote about regarding the “subjective rationing of care” in her original Facebook post:
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which 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. Such a system is downright evil.
Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.
Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.
We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.
Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on Obamacare, nobody on the conservative side will be able to clearly articulate the importance of fighting against Obamacare and cutting through the mainstream media filter like Palin can. And that is why Obama and the mainstream media, who double as his palace guards, fear Palin.