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Sarah Palin Sees Through the Smoke-Screen

Posted by MDViews on August 13, 2009

All due respect to the mainstream media (MSM), but they must have just fallen off the turnip truck. They’re contending the death panels mandated in the house version of the health care reform bill are not really death panels, just patient education sessions.

My goodness! The proposed house version of government health bill includes a provision of mandatory “education” regarding “end of life decisions” every 5 years for people medicare age, the education repeated each time they are admitted to a hospital.

How do you spell, “Hurry up and die already,” with a “here’s how you do it,” added in? Can anyone with half a brain miss the meaning of that?

Sarah Palin, bless her heart, has called these mandatory counseling sessions, death panels, which they are. The MSM in the article here becomes apoplectic, stating her claim has been debunked. They then go on to describe just what she was talking about! Governor Palin states such panels invite rationing of health care. It does more than that. It mandates it! (Just try to opt out of one of these sessions. You can’t.)

Fortunately for the pro-life movement, what Sarah Palin says makes waves in the MSM. They cannot ignore her, as hard as they may try. Because of  her recent run for the white house and her probable candidacy in 2012, she a big fish in the political pond. God bless her for saying what needs to be said. Let’s pray she stays strong in her pro-life views and physically safe as the months and years pass. I pray God will grant her high political office for the cause of life.

3 Responses to “Sarah Palin Sees Through the Smoke-Screen”

  1. MDViews said

    Well, that’s not exactly the case. Right now, no one can be admitted to a hospital without being asked about living wills and whether or not they want to be DNR (do not resuscitate) if their heart should stop. Such discussions are mandated by the Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations (JAHCO), a private accrediting organization that listens closely to the government. (Even my OB patients get asked if they have a living will or end of life plans.) The end of life panels, voluntary only in the sense that the doctor may decline to discuss it, and therefore turn down money (?), (like the doctor would turn down free money). And the bill specifies all end of life options must be discussed, which would soon include whatever the politicians decided that would include, which, in Washington state and Oregon, would include assisted suicide (euthanasia). How long before a liberal Washington D.C. would make that a national standard? Any guesses?

    I think NPR is trying to soft-soap the issue, not realizing the current state of affairs and the consequences of such a rule. One can argue what the intent of the rule is, but the actual effect of the rule in real life, at least to me in the medical profession, is quite clear.

    Matt Anderson

  2. Karen Joy said

    I heard on NPR this morning — I know, it’s NPR, but I love the thoroughness and interest-factor of the shows, and listen to them with a filter — that the “end of life panels” are not mandatory, but voluntary, and that they are simply to help doctors and patients communicate about whether they’d prefer hospice care, or life-support intervention in a hospital, or whatever. Right now, such counselling sessions are not reimbursable time for a doctor (so I hear), so you get patients that have life-threatening illnesses, but no plan of action and no understanding on the doctor’s part, for what the patient would prefer.

    Please understand, I am NOT supportive of government-supplied health care… I’m just trying to sift through the spin — both the fear-mongering that can be present in the rhetoric of the far-right, and the opposite side of the argument that says that the government can solve all our ills. I don’t want to be either fearful OR dependent upon the gov’t!

    This post: http://mannursediaries.blogspot.com/2009/08/family-reactions-to-dying.html is only indirectly tied to this particular discussion, but it made me think…

  3. George said

    I cannot believe how poorly she has been treated yet she still stands strong.

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