Palin knew a death panel when she saw one

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Mama Griz­zly warned us this would hap­pen. Un­der Oba­macare, the sick and weak and old would stand be­fore death pan­els of bu­reau­crats to be granted life or death.

For­mer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was laughed out of town for mak­ing four years ago what we now know is a pre­scient pre­dic­tion. Per­haps she is one of the few who ac­tu­ally read the health care bill be­fore it passed.

“And who will suf­fer the most when they ra­tion care? The sick, the el­derly, and the dis­abled, of course,” she wrote on her Face­book page in 2009.

“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.”

Pres­i­dent Obama and his blind sup­port­ers who were busy not read­ing the bill howled in protest, call­ing Mrs. Palin an ir­re­spon­si­ble liar un­wor­thy of the pub­lic po­lit­i­cal stage.

The me­dia’s al­leged keeper of the truth Poli­tiFact de­clared her as­ser­tion the “Lie of the Year.” FactCheck.org, another al­leged “truth” panel, sum­mar­ily dis­missed the claim as a “whop­per.”

Now comes can­cer sur­vivor Edie Lit­tle­field Sundby.

The rav­ages of Oba­macare have not even set in yet and al­ready she has been given what quite pos­si­bly will amount to a death sen­tence.

“For al­most seven years I have fought and sur­vived stage-4 gall­blad­der can­cer, with a five-year sur­vival rate of less than 2% af­ter di­ag­no­sis,” she writes in an op-ed for The Wall Street Jour­nal.

“I am a de­ter­mined fighter and ex­tremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My af­ford­able, life­sav­ing med­i­cal insurance pol­icy has been can­celed ef­fec­tive Dec. 31.”

Now, for most peo­ple, know­ing that a law you had en­gi­neered, rammed through Congress and crammed down the gag­ging throats of Amer­i­cans ev­ery­where had just de­stroyed the strat­egy metic­u­lously laid out by doc­tors to keep a can­cer pa­tient alive long past her nat­u­ral death date might cause a twinge of guilt.

Some of us might fall to our knees and beg for mer­ci­ful for­give­ness from God. Might even be con­vinced that as well-in­tended as we were, we turned out to be com­pletely wrong. In­deed, a mas­sive panel of bu­reau­crats can­not take over one-sixth of the na­tion’s econ­omy and prop­erly dis­pense med­i­cal care.

But ad­mit­ting er­ror or feel­ing guilt would re­quire you to have an ac­tual soul and be ca­pa­ble of shame or self­anal­y­sis. Such small weak­nesses do not hin­der the folks in this White House.

Dan Pfeif­fer, who ap­par­ently has no soul, does have a Twit­ter ac­count. He used it to dis­miss Mrs. Sundby’s con­cerns about Oba­macare and in­stead blamed the can­cel­la­tion of her pol­icy on her long­time insurance com­pany — a com­pany that has shelled out $1.2 mil­lion to keep Mrs. Sundby alive.

“United Health­care dropped her cov­er­age be­cause they’ve strug­gled to com­pete in Cal­i­for­nia’s in­di­vid­ual health care mar­ket for years and didn’t want to pay for sicker pa­tients like Sundby,” ac­cord­ing to Mr. Pfeif­fer’s tweet.

In other words: Sorry, Edie, but this is com­pe­ti­tion and if you fall be­hind, you die. It’s just how death pan­els work.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com or on Twit­ter at @ charleshurt.

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