Remember when Sarah Palin was ridiculed as an alarmist nut job for suggesting Obamacare would usher in “death panels”? The New York Times called the “false ‘death panel’ rumor” a “boogey-man spell” that “resonated with some impressionable folk.”

Impressionable folk like Obama’s former “Car Czar” Steven Rattner?

We need death panels.

Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.

But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.

Hold on … the savior in chief’s health care overhaul won’t work without death panels doling out an Obama-approved “fair share” of health care?

But, but, that means the unthinkable!

The New York Times published Rattner’s op-ed earlier this month, but it’s making its way around the conservative Twittersphere today after Rush Limbaugh and Power Line both noted, “Sarah Palin was right.”

Rattner touts Britain’s rationing body, the Orwellian-named NICE, as a model for making “stomach-wrenching” choices about the distribution of health care.

Take Britain, which provides universal coverage with spending at proportionately almost half of American levels. Its National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence uses a complex quality-adjusted life year system to put an explicit value (up to about $48,000 per year) on a treatment’s ability to extend life.

At the least, the Independent Payment Advisory Board should be allowed to offer changes in services and costs. We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable.

Medicare is unsustainable and difficult choices are in our future no matter which candidate wins the presidential election. But as Palin wrote in her now-famous Facebook note on “death panels”:

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.

Still strike you as paranoid and alarmist, libs? Steven Rattner doesn’t think so.

  • Brett McMicken

    yet, these are the people saying that republicans are going to push granny off the cliff!

    • Inperspective

      Toshay Brett. You nailed it with only 16 words so that even a bone head can understand the argument. Now simply tweet those words along with the NY times link. Should get many re-tweets.

  • Sterling Hallbrook

    Good to know that our elected “betters” are, of course, lying to us, and then spending money that could be used to save our lives on foreign governments that hate us and buying cell phones for those that refuse to work. God Bless America.

  • freeinaz

    “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that
    requires every citizen to prove they are insured… but not everyone must prove
    they are a citizen.”
    “Many of those who refuse, or are
    unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those
    who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.”

    Ben Stein

    • Jedd McHead

      Ben has rare moments of clarity.

      • Johnny Banco

        I am not the biggest Ben Stein fan, but his moments of clarity are more than “rare”…

        • Jedd McHead

          Depends on the topic. In any case, this is my impression.

        • GaryTheBrave

          I agree ^^^

  • Marissa Martinez

    (D) say (R) will push granny over the cliff – no we’re trying to save them but (D) are shoving them into a grave

  • James McEnanly

    It sounds lile a good way to quiet turbulent people. If they don’t behave, they may have problems getting healthcare for themselves or their loved ones.

  • disappearing moderate

    What’s next? Logan’s Run or Solyent Green is People?

    • GaryTheBrave

      How about the recipe book, “To Serve Mankind”?

  • lazypadawan

    If the state’s going to take my life, I’ll give them a good reason to do it other than being old and worthless.


    Obama’s shovel ready job is a 6 ft by 6 ft hole with a death panel to supervise!

    • Todd Hoke

      Heh. Yeah, I guess when you think about it, maybe those “shovel-ready jobs” meant digging graves.


    @MEAN_MARINE @TwitchyTeam Obama’s shovel ready
    job is a 6 ft by 6 ft hole with a death panel to supervise!

  • JoeThePimpernel

    The only reason we need “death panels” is because government has turned health care into a government monopoly.

    Why is it that everybody knows the monopolies are bad, and yet we allow the central government to monopolize everything it touches?

    • AllMenAreIslands

      What the government hates are the so-called monopolies that are earned by private companies, which can be challenged by those with cheaper products or better different products. A government monopoly uses coercion to forcibly prevent newcomers or more efficient producers. There is no honest reason for government to be involved in health care other than its proper role in any sphere: protecting rights. Nowadays, government is doing less and less of its proper job while over-spending on every conceivable intrusion and monopolization.

  • milt1007

    Obama-Epic Failure: Gasoline $3.80… up 107.6%
    Unemployment 8.3%… up 3.7%
    Democrats boo and try to evict God at DNC.
    Democrats pay tribute to Russian Navy at DNC.
    Food Stamp Recipients 46.7 million… up 31.7%
    … More Americans Now Commit Suicide than Die in Car Crashes as Miserable Economy Takes Its Toll
    United States Ambassador to Libya and 3 staff KILLED BY MUSLIMS.
    Obama knew of terrorist attack but went to Las Vegas for a fund raiser
    Then Obama chooses ‘The View’ over private meetings at the UN
    Mob attacks US Embassy and burns flag in Egypt. Four More Years… Really?
    Benghazi-Gate: New Evidence White House Lied About Libya Terror Attack
    Voting for Obama again is like backing up the Titanic and taking another run at the iceberg. Do you really expect different results? Vote American This Time!
    So stop drinking that “Hopium laced Kool-Aid” you’ve been conned!

    • ZoriahShepard

      Damn. When you put it altogether like that I want to volunteer for the death panels.

    • LJ

      MC, you have laid out clearly and simply what the last 4 years have gotten America and where the next will be if the American public continues to drink that Kool-Aid. By sharing your pointed, clear and logical thoughts you will help educate and awaken all Americans. Keep up the good work!

    • Joseph Phillips

      Vote American! Classic, honest quip, sir. My new mantra!

  • Elvarene Sherwood

    They wouldn’t have believed her if she had been a man. The bottom line is she was a REPUBLICAN!!

  • Ntr

    And guess who these rationing ‘death panels’ are going to target first once/if Obamacare comes into full swing? You got it, elderly minorities, mainly African-Americans, to start off. The DemoKKKratic Party, in all of their history together, just “loves” minorities.

    This nation would be much better off with the Democratic Party, and its hate-filled baggage, dropping off the political scene over the next decades.

    • Joyce

      If you go into the hospital don’t “chat” with the nurses, aides or doctors. You won’t want them to find out you’re Christian, Conservative, or Constitutionalist. DON’T question their treatment of your illness or condition. You know the hospitals will change the rules and you won’t be able to have a family member with you at all times. Can’t have someone there who might help protect you against medication mixups.

  • Jorge Aguiar

    Never can understand the lack of common sense of people. You DO NOT see any of this anger or violent attitude with Romney supporters. Explain that to me.

    • Johnny Banco

      Look at the difference between OWS and Tea Party rallies when it comes to issues like hygiene and civility!

      It’s simple: Leftists=immature, insecure brats who haven’t learned self-reliance, self-control, or manners.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I thought “death panel” was just another of those racist dog whistle code words.

  • K King

    just like the tax that wasn’t a tax until it became a tax

  • GaryTheBrave

    And why will it need to be rationed? Because as soon as some folks find out they don’t have to pay to see the Dr., they are going to swamp hopitals and clinics with ever sniffle and cough. The government will only be able to afford to take care of colds, flu, and broken bones. If you have a chronic or expensive illness you are SOL.

    • Joyce

      Got news for you Gary, it’s already happening. Went to my Dr couple of weeks ago. I have fibromyalgia and several drug allergies that make it a bear to treat. I was told that I need to see a pain specialist because my doctor doesn’t do long term pain treatment anymore. I need to continue with my neurologist for sleep apnea, because they don’t do long term monitoring. I need to see a gastroenterologist because they won’t be treating my GERD long term anymore. Except for the fibro, all these issues have been being treated quite successfully by my GP. Now, sounds like they only want to treat colds and flu. I’m so glad obama cared enought to screw up my healthcare.

  • Wigglesworth111

    Senior citizens can stay at home with that bum hip and rot. We need the money for sex change operations.

  • BeeKaaay

    GASP! Obama’s former czar told the truth! SHOCKING! That’s why he’s a FORMER czar.

  • Jason4Breakfast

    I’m confused, an op-ed in the fishwrap of record by the guy who headed up the disastrous and failed auto bailout is a thing to take seriously?

    • Duane Jones

      Yeap….You hit the nail square on the head….You are indeed confused…perhaps another drink of kool aid may help?

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    I sure hope Romney has this op-ed right in front of him during the debates so he can accurately quote from it. This isn’t just anybody’s opinion — this is a former Obama Czar, and the citizens of this country need to hear what he said.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    I suppose at 96 I’ll owe them for each and every breath.

    I was quite happy paying my own way. I really was!

    I could decide: new hip? No, I can get along. This drug, that drug — I know what I can handle. I might not want to modify “X” habit, but pay for the pill instead, or instead of the pill for problem “Y” I might opt to change my habits — it’s my money and my time and my life!

    That really happened. 35yrs ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I decided to monitor my intake. Last November the eye doctor said there was no sign of diabetes in my eye — if I hadn’t listed it he’d not have know. My last A1C was 5.3, the previous was 5.1 so I stopped taking Metformin.

    No, soon, unless I’m a Congress Critter or Obamafriend I won’t even have the option of paying for myself!

    How screwed-up is that! If Daddybama decides I’m too much trouble the next time I have pneumonia, no antibiotics for me!

    I’m glad I’m not younger! At the most I’ll only have a few years of this Progressive bilge! I feel terrible for my great grandchildren…

    You know it won’t be repealed, the Republican Leadership is Progressive, look at how they’ve turned most the people sent last election!

    They’ve already made noises about “keep-it BUT tweak-it!”

    I’m so tired. Must be the pneumonia. The fever broke this morning, but I’m still tired.

    Maybe things will look better late afternoon.

  • Joey Cosentino

    If this article doesn’t scare the CRAP out of Americans and give them enough reason to go out there on November 6th and vote for Mitt Romney, I don’t know what will.

    What kind of weird and scary sci-fi movie have I found myself living in! Government controlled health care, they decide who lives & dies!? Are you serious??????

  • D.A. Veteran

    Why the need for DEATH PANELS? The way our current medical care is in, when you become old enough and go on Medicare, you become a second class citizen. Medical facilities are designed to use you to milk the medicare system by authorizing unnecessary tests, surgeries, etc. Went thru 3yrs of hell with our present system with our mother who had just retired. While in hospital care, she was put in a coma from over sedation after they misdiagnosed her and put her in congestive heart failure. We had to yell, scream and fight the system to lift a finger to help her. She ended up coma for 5 mos., maxed out her medicare. Then dumped her on us. She went in just to run tests and came out brain damaged from lack of oxygen and went from 115lbs down to 65lbs. Originally, she had symptoms of colitis and no one would test her for it. They misdiagnosed her over and over and used her to milk the system. I say no to death panels and yes to cleaning house, beginning with the White House!!!!!

  • loxlie

    Yep, we in the UK spend half as much for vastly better medical outcomes in almost all categories. We’re stupid and inhumane like that. Obviously the NHS needs to objectively evaluate the cost/benefit of available treatments, to target government spending most effectively. Exactly as you do already with the police, fire, education and all your other socialist systems. Decisions by NICE do indeed have life and death implications. But the thing is: anything they allow, everyone gets for free. Anything they don’t (which is rare – usually very new, prohibitively expensive, or unproven drugs), one can get from private healthcare, just as you do. Exactly how is this worse than your system?

  • Tom Bannigan

    Get on the death panels and pic only democrats to be rationed.

  • docwillie

    and the libs laughed at Sarah Palin…liars again