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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:51 AM
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PALIN SEES 'DEATH PANELS'....

PALIN SEES 'DEATH PANELS'.... In her first policy statement since quitting as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin decided to go full-on, cover-your-eyes crazy. Here's what the former governor wrote on her Facebook page yesterday:

As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we're saying not just no, but hell no!

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.



As a substantive matter, this might the stupidest thing ever written about health care policy. Just two weeks after she implored journalists to "quit making things up," Palin has manufactured the idea of a "death panel" out of thin air. As Time's Karen Tumulty noted, "Yes, such a system would indeed be downright evil. Which is why no one is proposing anything like it. Let's repeat: No one is proposing anything like it."

What's more, if we're going to take Palin's truly insane babblings seriously as a policy pronouncement, it's also worth noting that the former governor points to one relevant angle. As publius noted, "here are people who weigh whether children like Trig are worthy of insurance. They're called insurance companies, and they have decided that these children are not in fact worthy of coverage. That's because Down Syndrome is a 'pre-existing condition.'"

But in the larger political context, a statement like this positions Palin as something of a disgrace. After insisting that her family be left out of political debate, here's Palin dragging her special-needs infant son into the discussion, in order to spread an obvious lie. What's more, for Palin to write such a statement for public review makes clear that she's either conspicuously unintelligent or she thinks her followers are idiots. Either she believes her own vile nonsense or she assumes her audience is foolish enough to believe patently ridiculous attacks.

Either way, Sarah Palin is a national embarrassment, and she's getting worse.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/20...
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Nyquil Man Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:54 AM
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1. What does she call denying insurance to someone with an existing condition?
I suppose that's a good investment.

Ideologue. Pure and simple.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:57 AM
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2. or .... what does she call ...
... a country that allows people to die from treatable and preventable conditions because they don't have health insurance?
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Nyquil Man Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:02 AM
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5. "Home sweet home" n/t
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:58 AM
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3. "collective jaw is dropping"?
I guess Subject A wasn't taught at any of those community colleges she attended. I know, picking apart Sarah's English is like a vulture discovering a fresh hippo carcass. This buzzard has had enough after one sentence; I'll leave it to buzzards with stronger stomachs to read past the first line.
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:59 AM
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4. Those "death panels" work for the insurance industry.
They are the folks who get paid bonuses for denying the highest percentage of claims, for rescinding people's policies, for refusing to pay for treatment as a means of boosting profits.
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:07 AM
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6. Had a friend in the insurance industry....
Worked right out of high school as a secretary/clerk. About ten or so years later, they offered to make her a claims adjuster. After about six months, she asked to go back to be a secretary because as she put it, "I have to sleep at night." Quite literally, the only was to move up as a cliams adjuster is to screw people.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:10 AM
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7. Remember "The Rainmaker"?
The movie with Matt Damon and Danny DeVito? It was all about an insurance company denying coverage to a young man with cancer. Should be required viewing for those against insurance reform -- or those hired shills for the insurance companies.
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:32 AM
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9. I'm glad your friend chose her conscience over her wallet.
What's sad is that the company I'm sure had no problem finding someone to fill the position she left.
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:22 PM
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12. It's not just the company
It's the whole rotten system. I've love to say that her company (which is still very much in business) was some Blackwater-type rogue outfit. But the fact is that they're just following the standard business model for the insurance industry.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:20 AM
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8. How can someone this stupid (Palin) have ever been elected
to anything? She's a parrot of Rush Limbaugh - sitting on his shoulder squawking out whatever nonsense she wants and the media picks up on every single one of her incoherent ramblings like it was some kind of proclamation.

Do we have to be subjected to every tweet and facebook bullshit she writes? How do we stop this? :shrug:.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:26 AM
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10. It could be worse
At least she is not posting on Queefbook.....yet.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:25 PM
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13. Because Americans are stupid, and love it.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:00 AM
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11. Insurance companies are the current DEATH panels

"Such a system is downright evil."
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