While (they thought) we were Sleeping…

Remember the Facebook post about “Death Panels’ by Sarah Palin that caused so much protest from the left?  Also recall the denials and the attempt to feign that no one ever imagined such scenarios for our senior citizens?  The attempt by President Obama to obfuscate the issue with his own outright denials about such commissions should not be surprising at this point.  The president has proved that, like Alinsky, any tactic can be justified if it leads to the desired result.  As is often the case with obfuscation, it is wise to pay attention to the man behind the curtain or the end game behind the ruse.

As Americans turned their attention to family and holiday cheer, President Obama seized the opportunity to enact the repelling regulation equivalent to Palin’s correct surmising.  Rep. Boehner, who will be the Speaker of the House in the very near future, said at the time.

“This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”

Forced onto the defensive, Mr. Obama said that nothing in the bill would “pull the plug on grandma.”

The provision that engendered so much controversy was passed in the House version of the healthcare bill in 2009 in the provision known as section 1233.  The provision was removed from the legislation in order to gain enough support.  It required end-of life counseling every five years, but was especially disturbing because it was paired with the primary objective being to lower cost. The Washington Post acknowledged this red flag that would likely amount to bureaucratic commissions that approved or denied care to seniors based on bending the cost curve.

Just as appalling was the open agenda, as reported this week in a New York Times article, articulated by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon who originally penned the end-of-life proposal.  He  pleaded with supporters to be quiet about what was occurring behind the curtain, through the executive office and its misuse of executive power.

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

His email continued:

“We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

“Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a longtime advocate for better end-of-life care, authored this new rule as part of new regulations issued for medicare.  Berwick’s positions on nationalized healthcare are well-documented:  he praises the British healthcare system of socialized medicine as far superior to American medical care and extols its virtues of redistributing wealth.  He openly stated his own views, such as those regarding wasting money on “inappropriate care”, that he is now free to enact with the President’s cooperation:

“Using unwanted procedures in terminal illness is a form of assault,” Dr. Berwick has said. “In economic terms, it is waste. Several techniques, including advance directives and involvement of patients and families in decision-making, have been shown to reduce inappropriate care at the end of life, leading to both lower cost and more humane care.”

This administration has brazenly attempted to accomplish their necessary aim of reinstating the required meeting on an annual basis between doctors and their aging patients with a financial incentive for doctors to aggressively push the cheapest options in care for the elderly.  The more moderate Democrats in Congress refused to pass the legislation with such a provision included.  But the economist, Paul Krugman, has continued to point out that death panels would produce cost savings for the funding of Obamacare.

This strategy is already an integral part of the British healthcare system, which is also the main source cited by our government to justify implementation of this heinous practice that will undoubtedly lead to less care for the elderly and those on medicare.

This is not a president who values the life of the unborn as signified by his callous votes in the Illinois Senate on late-term abortions.  Those who do not place a high value on the life of the unborn also may tend to place lower value on life that is in decline.  It will eventually become a patriotic duty to forgo medical treatment as a senior citizen in order to fund a massive and monstrous healthcare system for everyone else.  After all, Obama stated to a large audience that sometimes taking a pain pill may be better than expensive treatments that prolong life.

President Obama is a man of his word.  He promised his constituency that this healthcare law would achieve the goals shared by the radical left.  By the power of his pen and executive fiat befitting Chavez or Castro, Obamacare has now moved closer to its original form shaped by radical activists who seek to transform America through REGULATION if not legislation.

Rep. Blumenauer lamented that “Lies can go viral if people use them for political purposes.”

Let’s show Rep. Blumenauer how right he is about this administration’s untruths going viral!


About OneConservativeVoice

I am an everyday, stay home mom of young children who becomes incensed and indignant when I am categorized and insulted by national media types. Blogging is more productive, I think, than giving the TV an earful. I happen to be grateful to the Founding Fathers for setting our liberties in motion and would like to honor their sacrifice and their wisdom in some small way with one small conservative voice.
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One Response to While (they thought) we were Sleeping…

  1. Vinicius says:

    Because they are hoping we will fogert what is in it.I have received a Special Report from the tax analysis and research company CCH (dated Oct 13, 2009) that lays out some of the health care reform tax issues. I think many people will be interested.Under the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) plan, the expected bill will be $829 billion with about $300 billion in revenue raising measures. I guess they plan on just borrowing the other $529 billion? That or they are going to cut payments to doctors. Doesn’t that make you want to get into the medical field?Details are currently sketchy, but there are a few core concepts and proposals known. First of all, all individuals will be required to have health insurance. Failure to do so will result in a fine per person up to $3000/year. This is a non-refundable tax, so if you have any kind of losses or refundable tax credit (earned income or additional child tax credits) it will eat into those amounts. There will be subsidies for those making under 200% of poverty level (about $44k for a family of four. House plan calls for credits to everyone making up to twice that) to purchase health insurance. The house plan also applies a surtax on income; 2.5% of your adjusted gross income less an exemption and your standard deduction. This tax is in addition to regular tax and your alternative minimum tax. Also, the plan calls for increasing the threshold for deducting medical expenses from 7.5% of AGI to 10%. So if you have high bills that allow you to itemize your medical expenses, the bar would be raised and you will, in essence, be getting a tax increase.Secondly, every employer currently offering health insurance must do so at a government proscribed level or be subject to an additional payroll tax. This would apply to all employers with more than 50 employees, or most of the businesses out there.Third, high cost plans would be taxed. A high cost plan would be one that costs $8000 for an individual and $21,000 for a family. Note this is the total cost of the plan, not just what the employee pays. This is going to hit high risk folks (policemen, firefighters, miners, etc) extremely hard, as well as unionized workers who tend to have high cost health coverage heavily subsidized. By the way, healthcare includes medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending plans.And here is one that is sure to raise rates. The SFC plan calls for a non-deductable fee on healthcare related industries. Since they cannot deduct this on their tax returns, they will have to recoup it by raising prices. The SFC plan would make the IRS responsible to auditing all non-profit 501(c )3 hospitals every 3 years to make sure they are providing benefits to government standards. Audits mean additional costs, and less services to be provided.Completely unrelated to healthcare, the SFC plan would repeal first in – first out accounting methods for businesses. This would mean a tax increase of about $61 billion. Hardest hit would likely be small retailers.Finally, under the Bush era prescription drug plan, employers can exclude 28% of the cost of drugs paid for the benefit of retirees. The SFC plan would eliminate this, making it more likely that they will not do it, tagging every retiree with additional cost.In my opinion, this is a very expensive bill that does not address some of the core problems of the health insurance industry. Instead of capping litigation costs and allowing companies to operate across state lines, they want to hit us with a huge bill that will cause us all to pay more in the end. I HOPE I will have some CHANGE left when it is all over.References :

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