Ex- Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate last week claimed that President Obama and proposed Democratic legislation to reform health care would include Nazi style “death panels” that could decide rather her parents or child with down syndrome lived or died.
It was the latest eruption of post-logical conservatism that has come to define the ex-Alaska Governor.
The provision of HR 2300 section 1233 that Palin referred to was for “End of Life Counseling” or a voluntary provision in Medicare that would allow those with perhaps a terminal illness, to pay doctors to go over with the family and the patient themselves a living will and other such measures the patient and or there family could take if they are in such a condition they can’t say at the time what they would want. This would presumably prevent a fiasco such as the 2005 Terri Schivo incident from happening.
A patient doesn’t have to take the advice nor are they required to have the counseling. The idea even half the 256 Democrats in the House of Representatives or those on the committees voting on the draft of any health care legislation would all vote to approve such a measure as presented by Palin is erroneous and idiotic. Not only would it be illegal and immoral it would also be politically unpopular and just plain stupid, because the people would no doubt rise up and almost unanimously come out against it. In reality these consultations already happen every day, particularly with doctors and their patients, all this legislation would do is cover them under medicare.
Having sensed how stupid this was and the flames of hatred she had flamed Sunday in a facebook posting, she made an entreaty for civility in the dialogue on health care, despite her earlier remarks which did anything accept promote civility, but instead sowed the seeds of prejudice and fear.
Now today, Palin is backing off her comments that back off of her earlier erroneous “death panel” charges and is once again railing against “death panels” that only exist in that acid trip that is the world of Sarah Palin.
“Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system, these ‘unproductive’ members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care,” Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page.
“The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled ‘Advance Care Planning Consultation.’ With all due respect, it’s misleading for the president to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients,” she continued.
“Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often ‘if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual … or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility… or a hospice program.’”
Update (4:03PM/ET)- Provisions in health care reform, at least in the Senate Finance committee that is still struggling to come up with a bill that will please everyone, have dropped provisions that would have allowed medicare to cover end of life counciling. Its extremely disappointing. Not so much that this provision was removed, but that post logical voices that adhere solely to ideology rather then subscribe to the facts got this removed.