takes to Facebook to post a kind of victory lap/pity party:
After I spoke of Obamacare's Death Panels, the President deceived the nation in his State of the Union address, claiming I was the liar. (Actually just about everybody concluded you were a liar.)
Barack (That's "Mr. President" to you lady): tell that to patients now being refused health care.
The backlash from the President's continued attacks on my integrity remains immense (The President rarely spoke about you Sarah, the backlash came in response to your own stupidity.), but it's nothing compared to the tragic hopelessness that formerly disillusioned Americans now feel. Ironically, Obama and Congress could have proved me wrong. (Oh they did.) Granted, the President and media's obstinate clinging to the failed Obamacare boondoggle was a given, but an incalculable disappointment in this is knowing Congress held the purse strings for this disastrous government healthcare takeover, yet funded it anyway.
Media: why no accountability on this? Why ignore Hillary's role in supporting Obamacare?
- Sarah Palin
What Palin is referencing here is the story of a terminally ill California woman whose insurance company refuses to pay for a different chemotherapy drug that "might" buy her some more time.
Instead, due to California's new End of Life Option Act, this woman learned that a drug that would let her die with dignity at a time of her choosing WAS covered by her health insurance.
The woman, a Roman Catholic, was of course horrified, and this has become the cause celebre among the Right to Lifers.
So what does this have to do with Sarah Palin's famous "death panels?" Not a damn thing.
What Palin was talking about back in 2009 was this:
"As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we're saying not just no, but hell no!" Palin wrote.
"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."
Essentially what Palin was saying was that "death panels" would portion out health care to those deemed worthy, and that others would be left to die on their own.
THAT was the lie that she was called out for, and it has NOTHING to do with this California woman's case.
NOR does it have anything to do really with Obamacare.
Insurance companies have always made choices over which medicines and treatments they are willing to pay for, and that is typically based on it's positive impact and yes its cost.
And Obamacare has actually fixed some of that by forcing insurance companies to provide insurance for many who would not have qualified for it in the past, and by not allowing them to kick clients off of their insurance once they became ill.
In fact the argument could be made that without Obamacare this woman would likely have lost her insurance already.
The medicine that this woman's insurance company is balking at "might" extend her life, but then again it might not.
So the insurance company on their own, with no "Death panels" involved, has decided that it is not worth the extra cost to spend the money on a drug that might have no effect whatsoever.
Remember this woman's cancer is terminal, there is no cure, only the possibility of a few more years or months.
It may seem harsh, and if it were your loved one you would almost certainly feel that it was, but it has nothing to do with Obamacare, "death panels," and certainly nothing to do with Sarah "Look at me, look at me, look at me now" Palin.