A video making the rounds of the Internet this morning shows former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin taking on Democratic strategist Bob Beckel on the issue of “death panels” in Obamacare following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.
The law drew strong opposition from the pro-life community not only over abortion but because the legislation also promotes rationing of medical care that could lead to involuntarily denying lifesaving treatment.
Under the enacted law, federal tax-based subsidies will begin in 2014 to subsidize millions of private insurance plans that will cover abortion-on-demand, including some plans (“multi-state plans”) that will be administered by the federal government. Under another provision of the law, the federal government could even order many plans that do not receive federal subsidies to cover abortion as a “preventive” service. The law also created an array of other mechanisms and funding pipelines by which access to and subsidies for abortion can be expanded if President Obama wins a second term.
Moreover, few Americans realize that under ObamaCare, private citizens’ right to spend their own money to save the lives of their own families will be subject to drastic restriction. And the INdependent Payment Advisory Board has prompted concerns that Americans will have their treatment options limited.
Three years ago Sarah Palin made waves with charges that the Obamacare health care bill would lead to “death panels” that would mea rationing medical treatment and lifesaving medical care for patients.
In August 2009, Palin posted a well-received note on Facebook saying she worries the health care bill will be paid for on the backs of the elderly and disabled, who could be pushed into euthanasia and assisted suicide via rationing of medical treatment.
“And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course,” she said.
“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,” Palin said then. “Such a system is downright evil.”
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The Obama administration, joined by liberal groups and Internet activists, attacked Palin for the comments and claimed the bill did not contain such concerns.
Before the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee came back with another scathing rebuke of the “death panels.”