January 1, 2013
Now that Obama has secured another four years in the White House, it is time for the administration to crank out more Obamacare propaganda, specifically arguments about the cost ineffectiveness of keeping old people alive.
Enter the internet’s liberal bellwether, Salon.com. Earlier today, the website posted an article by Matthew Yglesias, a blogger and Democrat operative who spent time at the Soros’ project, ThinkProgress.
According to Yglesias, old folks are “the key issue in the federal budget” and their welfare accounts “for the remarkable lack of apparent cost effectiveness of the American health care system.”
“When the patient is already over 80, the simple fact of the matter is that no amount of treatment is going to work miracles in terms of life expectancy or quality of life,” he writes.
Yglesias offers a chart to make his point.
Indeed, the chart reaches its steepest incline between the ages of 80 and 90. For the actuarial minded, however, the problem begins with those who have crossed the 60-year-old threshold.
In other words, following Mr. Yglesias logic, if the government is going to address the “remarkable lack of apparent cost effectiveness of the American health care system,” steps need to be taken to reduce cost at the lower end of the curve.
We can now expect more and more Democrats to talk about what was heretofore unmentionable — death panels. Yglesias, in fact, uses the phrase in his headline.
In September, a top Democrat strategist, Steven Rattner, said rationing under Obamacare is inevitable. “We need death panels,” he wrote for the New York Times. “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.”
Rattner serves on the board the New America Foundation, a George Soros operation that was instrumental in supporting Obamacare in 2010, Aaron Klein wrote for WorldNetDaily in October. Klein notes that Soros’ son, financier Jonathan Soros, is also a member of the foundation’s board.
Remember Sarah Palin’s death panel remarks on Facebook? She 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.
Palin was right, but she suffered scathing attacks by liberals and the establishment media dismissed her as a crazy Tea Party loon.
Again, if we are to follow the logic of Yglesias and the Soros liberals, it will not simply be infirm 80 year olds who will be euthanized, but anybody with a debilitating disease deemed not cost-effective by the government, its experts, bioethicists and statisticians.
As Obamacare gets up to speed, we can expect more such eugenicist arguments, especially now that we are mired in mostly specious talk about the fiscal cliff and the sudden theatrical concern on the part of Democrats over the national debt and deficit spending.