Ever since Obamacare was enacted into law, against Republican opposition, several in the Republican Party stated that the massive health care takeover by the Obama administration and Democrats contained what is known as “Death Panels”.
On Monday, it appears that Republicans were right all along as a former Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic Party National Chairman, Howard Dean essentially admitted they were right and wants it repealed as reported by LifeNews.
LifeNews reported that Dean stated on Monday that he wanted the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) eliminated in his Wall Street Journal editorial.
In his editorial, Dean said, “One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a healthcare rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”
While Dean is critical about the IPAB, his criticism of the Republican Party’s view of Obamacare is without merit and his comment about U.S. Senator John McCain’s essentially supporting President Obama and the Democrats healthcare initiative, Obamacare, when he ran for president in 2008, is false.
Democrats are always hoping for citizens to have short memories but back in April 2008, eight months before the 2008 Presidential Election, Sen. McCain told reporters, “I’ve made it very clear that what I want is for families to make decisions about their health care, not government, and that’s the fundamental difference between myself and then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton.”
“They want the government to make the decisions, I want the families to make decisions,” he said.
Most Americans were also not aware that Republican members in the U.S. House in 2009 had their own health care plan, a summary, they wanted to present but the Democrats refused to bring it to the floor.
Dean’s silent acknowledgement has also vindicated former Alaskan Governor and former Vice Presidential Candidate, Sarah Palin when she said in 2009, that Obamacare contained “Death Panels”.
In 2009, Palin stated, “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.”
Three years later in 2012, Palin referred back to her “Death Panel” comments and said, “It was a pretty long post, but a lot of people seem to have only read two words of it: “death panel.” Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding. It’s called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and its purpose all along has been to “keep costs down” by actually denying care via price controls and typically inefficient bureaucracy.”
In response to Palin’s death panel comments, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, fundamentally stated that what Palin said was false by saying, “Palin is seizing on a completely different entity to justify her provocative use of the phrase “death panel” three years ago. But the IPAB in no way resembles the “death panel” that she claims would decide whether her parents or her baby with Down Syndrome are worthy of care. Instead, it is a tool—subject to oversight and approval by Congress—to try to rein in the soaring cost of Medicare.”
“Words have consequences, and Palin is fooling herself if she thinks she can justify such inappropriate terminology to describe an effort, however imperfect, to address a serious problem that politicians on both sides of the aisle say they want to solve.”
With Howard Dean’s subtle admittance that Obamacare really does have death panels, it appears that Kessler’s statement, “words have consequences” has now been added to the Democratic Party’s motto.