Robert Gibbs is speaking as I type. The press conference is mostly on health care. He's reminding the press corps that all of America is not represented by those at the town hall meetings. Fair enough. He's getting some pretty tough questions even from the liberal media attending the press conference. Here's my question:
Sarah Palin came up with the term 'death panel' and that term is not in the bill. She knows that. Everyone knows that. But, the implications of this bill do lead anyone with a mind (Gingrich, in this case) to ask if that could happen and can we trust this not to happen based on the verbage of the bill. HERE is an article which has the type of information which any thinking American might feel tends to feed Gingrich's concerns. A young Democrat representative on FOX was arguing with Laura Ingraham just the other night, very disdainfully, that "families should have 'this talk'" The talk was about elderly people learning about their 'options', that was crystal clear. She was a Democrat representative of this bill.........so? Do you want to "talk" to grandma about how ending her life might be the best way out for everyone? Maybe that's not a DEATH PANEL, but when she says what she did, you have to question what they mean, no? (Of course, the WH must have been thrilled when Palin, of all people they've tried to discredit, came up with DEATH PANEL because it sounds so grim, it sounds so over the top, and they can scoff at it... anybody'd doubt there's a DEATH PANEL, right? It's almost like their glee at Sen. DeMint saying the health care bill was Obama's "waterloo...it'll break him." As big a fan as I've been of DeMint, that didn't help, it only gave the WH the "See, they just want to BREAK OBAMA" whine, right?
So, there is no 'death panel', as Sarah Palin claims. What would make so many Americans feel doubts that the bill might not have those exact words but might still lead to paid advice that people just hang it up because they're old and sick? And, is this DEATH PANEL taking our eye off other really troubling parts of the bill? HERE's a VERY REASONABLE PIECE ON ELDERLY COUNSELING which a friend just emailed me as I was typing this post........Please read it, it's got a lot of good stuff there.
WHY does nobody ask, at those press conferences, "Hey, how would you envision private insurance staying available to 'those who like their plan' when it's not possible?"
Do you think there will be DEATH PANELS though the bill doesn't say that, and do you think we can keep private insurance under Obama's plan? I'd like to know.
Mostly, I'd like to know why the Obama people don't make PERFECTLY CLEAR what they feel are "MISCONCEPTIONS"...like spend an evening on television (the media LOVES YOU, you can do it FREE, Mr. Obama!) reading parts of the bill and clearly showing 'your truth'.....as Lucy would say "...'splain, Ricky".
This is the kind of thing Obama needs NOT DO to 'Sell' his plan: (I received this from a doctor this morning via email):
- Yesterday during a town hall meeting, President Obama got his facts completely wrong. He stated that a surgeon gets paid $50,000 for a leg amputation when, in fact, Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. This payment also includes the evaluation of the patient on the day of the operation plus patient follow-up care that is provided for 90 days after the operation. Private insurers pay some variation of the Medicare reimbursement for this service.
- Three weeks ago, the President suggested that a surgeon's decision to remove a child's tonsils is based on the desire to make a lot of money. That remark was ill-informed and dangerous, and we were dismayed by this characterization of the work surgeons do. Surgeons make decisions about recommending operations based on what's right for the patient.