Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sarah Palin: "death panels" will kill us all!

Sarah Palin's rising star is fading fast.

After publishing a Facebook note post this last weekend discussing the possibilities of "death panels" deciding the fate of the elderly and people with debilitating conditions (using her son Trig as an example), several GOP lawmakers and commentators have called the former Alaskan governor's comments inappropriate, with one senator calling the notion "nuts."

Writes Palin:
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.
Palin's comments are not only nuts...they're completely fabricated. There is no provision for a board of health or governmental officials in deciding who will get health care or not under any health care bill being currently debated. Any plan similar to "death panels" is far from what Palin describes -- they are decisions made by you and your doctor about end-of-life matters, such as whether you would like to be resuscitated or not, whether you have a power of attorney to make your decisions for you, and so forth.

The lies on health care in America that the right wing are creating are staggering. Another one worthy of debunking: illegal immigrants will receive health care coverage if the Democrats' get their way. In fact, that's also untrue: it's laid out specifically in legislation that undocumented persons will not receive basic health coverage (unless they buy their own, of course).

Stop the distortion; speak up against the lies.

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