April 23, 2011
Can she call 'em, or can she call 'em?
Rush Limbaugh on IPAB: The Death Panels:
...The president's healthcare legislation imposed a hard spending cap on Medicare, the first time it has ever had one -- which he has just proposed lowering by another one-half of 1 percent of GDP (a further cut of about $70 billion a year). Obama�s cuts, which will take effect immediately, are to be administered by his newly created Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)."
Now, folks, you're going to hearing IPAB, Independent Payment Advisory Board. You're going to be hearing a lot more about IPAB in the days and weeks ahead, and I want to tell you today, April the 20th, what IPAB is. IPAB is the death panels. That's all you need to know. Don't doubt me. IPAB is where the rationing will take place. "The Independent Payment Advisory Board, 15 members appointed by the president. Its recommendations for cuts in Medicare services or for reductions in reimbursement will not be subject to congressional approval but will take effect by administrative fiat. Right now."
IPAB is the death panel. IPAB is rationing of health care. And again, just to tell you what it is, "The Independent Payment Advisory Board, 15 members appointed by the president. Its recommendations for cuts in Medicare services or for reductions in reimbursement will not be subject to congressional approval but will take effect by administrative fiat. Right now." Obama's Medicare cuts, the death panels, the rationing, starts now. That's why the seniors in the USA Today story just previous to this were granted a waiver from it because it's drastic, it's rationing, and it wasn't supposed to happen 'til 2013, but now, you know, it's happening before the election, it's not the way it was supposed to happen, it's been elevated some or sped up. So here comes a waiver. ...
Actually, the question was very easy, if one is thinking clearly. (A skill you can learn by reading RJ.) ANY system of health care will ration care, for the obvious reason that resources are not unlimited. And the whole idea of government running anything is for bureaucrats to make decisions in any matter of allocating resources. Therefor ANY government health care system will end up with death panels.
The interesting thing about Sarah Palin is not that she's brilliant, although she's obviously pretty sharp. It is that she sees things clearly. That's much more important in a leader than intellectual brilliance. And quite rare. Actually the idea that the smartest people should put in charge and allowed great power is just socialism. And it fails every time.Posted by John Weidner at April 23, 2011 7:56 AM