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Murderous medical supervision

01/02/11

Murderous medical supervision

"Krauthammer: Dems Sneak In Medicare 'End-of-Life Counseling'" reports the hapless Tim Graham:

In the Washington Post on Saturday, Charles Krauthammer explored in his column how Team Obama is governing around Congress through regulatory agencies. Remember the controversy over Medicare "end-of-life counseling"? The New York Times reported it snuck back in. A month ago, Medicare issued a regulation providing for end-of-life counseling during annual "wellness" visits. Somehow, the rest of the national media that sneered about "death panels" weren't spreading the news:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), author of Section 1233, was delighted. "Mr. Blumenauer's office celebrated 'a quiet victory,' but urged supporters not to crow about it," reports the New York Times. Deathly quiet. In early November, his office sent an e-mail plea to supporters: "We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists...e-mails can too easily be forwarded." They had been lucky that "thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it....The longer this [regulation] goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it."

So much for the Democrats' transparency - and for their repeated claim that the more people learn what is in the health-care law, the more they will like it. Turns out ignorance is the Democrats' best hope.

I'll point out in passing how asinine it is to quote a New York Times article that's focused on what you claim the mainstream media is ignoring.

Let's not forget the lie that started this whole fiasco, and how little it resembles reality:

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.

  12:34:00 am by Ragamuffin, Categories: Politics, Media Bias

1 comment

Comment from: grygus [Member]
grygus

What fucking balls. He even links to the page where the guy who wrote the bill points out that this is merely support for a voluntary program; if you want to have this conversation with a health professional, Medicare can now cover it. That's it. There is no story except the one he disingenuously insinuates.

I also am impressed at the doublethink that allows a Republican to talk about how wrong it is to pervert the will of Congress when that party just got through with historic abuse of the filibuster for the last two years in exactly that pursuit.

That's the last time I read anything Tim Graham writes.

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