Sunday, August 16, 2009

Palin death panel update

I wanted to post a brief follow-up to my Tuesday post on Sarah Palin's statement that Democrats planned to ration care under their healthcare plan, and would be instituting "death panels" by which they would carry this out.

Palin had indicated that under the Obama plan, rationing would take place and that "my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of [President] 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."

Palin's beyond the pale (beyond the Palin?) comments, and the subsequent run this has had all over right-wing is extraordinary, and shows the length to which idealogues will now go to distort and bend truth if it serves their political endgame.

Fortunately, Media Matters for America has provided an antidote in the form of a report that clearly debunks this craziness, once and for all (let's hope).

The report offers 40 different media sources discrediting Palin's claims that President Obama and fellow Democrats ever intended to institute death panels. It also shows clearly that there isn't some phrase, or subclause hidden in the bill that could remotely be construed as supportive of anything resembling Ms. Palin's science fiction scenario.

1 comment:

Delfina said...

The thing that I find most dismaying (I was going to write astounding, but sadly I am not actually surprised by it) is the depth of the ignorance and frankly, stupidity, of such large segments of the American public. We're getting the government that unfortunately many of us deserve and the rest of us have to live with.