December 02, 2010
'Death panel' is not in the bill... it already exists
Former Alaskan Governor
Sarah Palin has come under fire for her Facebook post accusing President Obama and
the Democrats of including a "death panel" provision the health care
bill. The Associated Press recently ran a ‘Fact Check' article rebutting Palin's
AP argues that the
bill's end-of-life counseling provision has been mistaken as a
promotion of euthanasia and thus the death panel assertion by Palin and
many other conservatives is false and misleading.
The New York Times has
joined in the death panel bashing. Jim Rutenburg and Jackie
Calmes assert the following:
There is nothing in
any of the legislative proposals that would call for the creation of death panels or any other
governmental body that would cut off care for the critically ill as a
The AP is technically
correct in stating that end-of-life counseling is not the same as a
death panel. The New York Times is also correct to point out that
the health care bill contains no provision setting up such a panel.
What both outlets fail
to point out is that the panel already exists.
H.R. 1 (more commonly
known as the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, even more commonly known as
the Stimulus Bill and aptly dubbed the Porkulus Bill) contains a
whopping $1.1 billion to fund the Federal Coordinating Council for
Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council is the brain child of former
Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle. Before the
Porkulus Bill passed, Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant governor of
New York, wrote in detail about the Council's purpose.
purpose (and therefore President Obama's purpose) for creating the
Council is to empower an unelected bureaucracy to make the hard
decisions about health care rationing that elected politicians are
politically unable to make. The end result is to slow costly medical
advancement and consumption. Daschle argues that Americans ought to be
more like Europeans who passively accept "hopeless diagnoses."
McCaughey goes on to
health-care reform "will not be pain free." Seniors should be more
accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating
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