Tuesday, December 22, 2009

There are Death Panels In the Senate Health Care Bill

Read it and weep, Politifact. Kiss beating Factcheck.org in the truth market goodbye. It's amazing that a so called "fact checking" organization doesn't know the difference between literal and rhetorical. In their zeal to score points off the Palin name, drive up revenue, and get lots of PR, Politifact forgot one slighly important thing, the facts. Instead, they chose to fact check a hyperbole, call a highly respected political leader a liar and then have the U.S. Senate prove them wrong after they had handed out their coveted "biggest lie of the year award."

Is that like "worst person in the world?" Palin now holds two dubious honors, coveted by any conservative who knows that a liberal in wonderland always knows that's what's down is up and what's up and down.

William Kristol wrote of the Senate health care bill: "As people learn more about the sleazy sweetheart deals and the creepy permanent death panels—this thing could still go down in the House next month in the face of popular outrage." On the same Weekly Standard blog, John McCormack wrote "Paging Sarah Palin: the death panel is unkillable" in an analysis of Jim Demint pointing out parts of the Senate bill that were being written so they could be un-repealable.

That was check. Here's mate. The Cato Institute filleted Politifact's claims that "death panels" was a lie.

What Palin wrote about death panels clearly had nothing to do with counseling or with any other specifics in seminal House bill. What she wrote was: “Government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.”

This writer tweeted that the Cato Institute had properly explained "death panels." But, it was actually Palin herself who explained the hyperbole. Cato merely quoted her. It just took some in this highly "intelligent" world of letters, journalism and punditry a little longer than others to realize that the answer was already in the question.

To quote John McCain, "why can't they just take her at her word?"

UPDATE: Sarah Palin posted a note on her Facebook Page: Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel

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