Palin invents Obama "death panels," cites Bachmann
Alaska gubernatorial quitter Sarah Palin is learning a lesson or two from our very own Rep. Michele Bachmann. In addition to fully taking on Bachmann's ability to make up facts and spread fear across the country about all things Democratic, Palin is even citing Bachmann as a source of health care reform information.
Palin, you might want to look elsewhere. We don't exactly trust a word that comes out of her mouth these days and she's only going to bring down your goals for higher office.
Anyway, have you heard of these President Obama death panels? Sounds like Trig Palin is up first.
Here is the note Palin posted on her Facebook. It's her first post as a regular constituent.
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.
- Sarah Palin
She even posted a video of Bachmann's speech:
Time magazine made it clear that Palin was totally off base with her claim.
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.
Either Palin had a change of heart later this weekend following her fear-mongering outburst or she is playing both sides. In another post, Palin encouraged Republicans to be civilized during health care reform debates. That doesn't exactly fit well with telling people their babies are going to be killed by Obama:
There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation's civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters' passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.
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