The law assembles a board of fifteen appointees to help manage the costs of Medicare. Now, no matter what the screamers on the left are saying, managing Medicare costs means denying health care to some. No matter how loudly the left is hollering, no matter how much spittle erupts from their rabidly contorted lips, a board of appointees who decide on a pay cap for medical procedures will have the effect of having physicians refusing to perform it. And what is the effect of either of these circumstances? Someone is not going to receive the treatment they need to continue living. Someone is going to die—and in that sense, the IPAB is a death panel.
Is this what Congress intended? Not the Republican side, but it is exactly what the Democrats wanted. Remember, not a single Republican voted in favor of Obama Care. But I do recall one member of the House by the name of Alan Grayson who warned seniors, the Republicans are not interested in health care reform—they want you to die. When he uttered those words on the floor of the House, Alan Grayson (a rabid communist if ever there was one), voted for Obama Care. He voted for the death panels.
Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the pass the bill so that you can, uh … find out what’s in it … away from the fog of the controversy.” Now we understand the secrecy and mystery of the Affordable Care Act. Nancy Pelosi and every Democrat serving in Congress voted for the Affordable Care Act. They voted for death panels. There was not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for the passage of Obama Care; not one.
The news only gets worse, however. Thanks to Harry Reid, it will now take a full sixty senators to over-ride any decision made by Obama’s Death Panel and if the congress is gridlocked on this item, the law says that the final decision thereafter rests with the Secretary of Heath and Human Services ... an unelected bureaucrat. We need more bureaucrats in charge of our lives, right?
Now would be a good time to think back upon the America we used to have: it was an America that had the best health care system in the world. It was not perfect, but it also did not have a government board of non-elected partisans deciding who lives and who dies. Moreover, make no mistake; the federal government is now collecting information from your doctor about the state of your health. If you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe; if you drink alcohol; if you are overweight, obese, or exceed the recommend body mass index for your height, then do not expect the government to spend any of its money to save you. It simply is not going to happen.
The good news about this is that there are going to be many democrats who will expire as the result of decisions made by the IPAB. I know that sounds unfair and cruel, but the fact is that Democrats favor this program; they should suffer the consequences along with everyone else. Furthermore, they will. Which segment of our society is it that has the most problem with obesity? According to Gallup, the answer is blacks: the people who overwhelmingly voted for Barack the Communist Obama.
All of this should remind us that elections do have consequences. How is that hope and change thing working out for you so far?