It seems that once the right-wing noise machine realized that they would be unable to stop health care reform legislation in the Senate they reverted toÂ PolitiFacts Lie of the Year,Â Death Panels, to scare the hell out of people; just in time for Christmas. Palin, Morris, Limbaugh, and Bachmann all jumped on the wagon.
From The Hill on Tuesday:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Tuesday said that the forthcoming merged healthcare bill could contain the so-called “death panels” she first mentioned over the summer.
Palin took to Twitter, saying that the merged bill could be “unrecognizable” from the House and Senate bills:
…merged bill may b unrecognizable from what assumed was a done deal:R death panels back in?what’s punishment 4not purchasing mandated HC?
Then we have Dick Morris on Fox News Wednesday:
The Medicare Advisory Board… is a particularly dangerous thing, because it’s going to set up for Medicare only, for the elderly only, protocols and standards of care where they are going to be saying no, you can’t give this person a hip replacement, they are too old, and no, you can’t treat this person with colon cancer with the best drug available. I know it increases the chance of his dying, but it’s beyond the cost parameters that we are prepared to allow. And this will be done by this federal board, which is really the death panel that Sarah Palin was talking about. That’s an oversimplification, but the basic concept isn’t far wrong.
And we have Rush Limbaugh ranting Tuesday about death panels: “there are death panels back in this bill” which “cannot be repealed”.
And of course, we have our favorite wack-job Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann being interviewed on Glenn Beck’s radio show on Tuesday saying:
“Harry Reid slipped in a provision that made it virtually impossible to repeal part of this legislation.Â And it’s the part dealing with the Medicare Advisory Board — what many people have labeled the death panels — because these unelected bureaucracies will decide what we can and can’t get in future health insurance policy.Â That’s why they’re called death panels.Â And in that particular part of the legislation, Harry Reid writes that we’re not allowed to repeal these boards.Â I think that may be subject to a constitutional attack.
And we even have the nuts commenting HEREÂ on TheLiberalOC as well with the same tired crap.
Just what I wanted Santa to bring me this year, a big stinking bag of right-wing crazy.