Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman

The Man Behind Obama’s Death Panel’s

An academic colleague of William Ayers? A Kenyan socialist? Or a conservative Republican from Georgia?

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posted August 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm

From the linked article…
Q.: “How did this become a question of euthanasia?”
A.: “I have no idea. I understand — and you have to check this out — I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin’s web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts.”
How come when liberals call it “nuts”, we’re derided, but when one of their own calls it “nuts”, it’s sage, reasoned ‘debate’???

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posted August 11, 2009 at 2:17 pm

More …
Q: “And the only change we’d see is that individuals would have a counseling session with their doctor?
A: Uh-huh. When they become eligible for Medicare.
Q: Are there other costs? Parts of it I’m missing?
A: No. The problem you got is that there’s so much swirling around about health care and people are taking bits and pieces out of this. This was thoroughly debated in the Senate committee. It’s voluntary. Every state in America has an end of life directive or durable power of attorney provision. For the peace of mind of your children and your spouse as well as the comfort of knowing the government won’t make these decisions, it’s a very popular thing. Just not everybody’s aware of it.”
Why are so many on the ‘right’ seemingly so proud of being unaware? Of promulgating unawareness? Could y’all please stop shouting now and actually listen to one of your own (since you won’t listen to us – or let our side be heard).

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posted August 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

But Sen. Johnny Isakson has no problem with your insurance company trying to ration care and pushing paying customer off their rolls as soon as they become a financial liability (aka get sick and really need their insurance)
These guys don’t want government bureaucrats involved with our healthcare but they have no problem with corporate bureaucrats telling us which doctors we can see, which medical procedures we can have and how often we can see our doctors. Sounds to me like corporate interests standing between the patients and their doctor.
I still like the idea that all these politicians who stand against health care reform, especially the one with no definitive plan of their own, get a stipend from their employer, or better yet take their own checkbooks, and go out and purchase private health insurance.

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posted August 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The government can’t make end of life decision, but the insurance companies can? Since when did they get a pass?!?!!?!?

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posted August 11, 2009 at 10:39 pm

All of the US Senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, have their offices in what is called the Russell Senate office building. Richard Russell was a Senator from Georgia, one of the best Senators we have had in history, and yet he was racist to the core,every anti-lynching law, every Civil Rights bill that was brought up in the Senate died because of Russell. Yet in this post Civil Rights Act of 1964,world we live in, people think lynching is immoral, that there should be no discrimination based upon the color of your skin. And yet, the Senate is tied to Seniority and tradition, so white males are all the heads of committees.There’s no disabled Senator, no Senator from the hood, and no Senator that’s dirt poor. In short, no Senator that doesn’t know what its like to have to live paycheck to paycheck. This is the irony,though both Obama and Biden were tied to the people in the Senate, of the Democrats winning in 2008, and both of them running with day jobs as Senators. We need to make sure people in Congress are aware, because tradition is the word in the Senate, and traditionally the Senate cools anything the fiery House of Representatives gives them.

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Richard Birk

posted August 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm

President Obama’s health advisor, Zeke Emmanuel, believes we should end the Oath doctors take, “Do No Harm,” as it interferes with cost effective medical care. Zeke Emmanuel, brother of Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, wants to shift the focus of health care from the elderly and infants to an age range of 15 to 40. It’s a type of death panel.
Obama doesn’t do normal legislation. He’s in favor of anything Congress passes because it will just delegate authority to the President and a health czar to do whatever they want. It’s similar to the bailout bills that just gave the Secretary of Treasury discretion to spend money however he wanted.
A health czar is necessarily a death panel.
Obama fans say there’s no words “death panel” in the health bill. But “genocide” didn’t appear in any of Hitler’s memos either.

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posted August 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm

“snuffing out your grandma” doesn’t appear in any of the House bills. But look at how concerned Obama was for his grandmother. Obama continued to campaign, knowing she was dying, and then turned it into a campaign ploy to make it look like he was interupting his busy schedule to fly to Hawaii.
Obama’s sister is an illegal alien, living in public housing, about to be deported. Have you seen Obama show any concern for her?
You can be sure Obama has less concern for us, mere peasants and citizens.

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posted August 26, 2009 at 7:10 am

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, is health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. Emanuel says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens… An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96). Sarah Palin was right. This Senator was an ill-informed tool of Obama and Ezekiel Emanuel.

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