Forbes Gets it Wrong on Governor Palin; Updated

This morning, yet another article surfaces which seeks to challenge Governor Palin’s position on ObamaCare.

It refers to Governor Palin as a “Zero” and lacks the truth and substance required to inform us about the needs of Americans who are beginning to suffer as a result of ObamaCare.

It states:

A key part of Dr. Donald Berwick’s approach to health care delivery is outlasting intense criticism from Sarah Palin, the former 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate who contributed much-publicized demagoguery in regard to advanced directives to forego life-sustaining care.

The rest of the article goes on to explain that Donald Berwick’s (the former head of the Obama administration’s medicare program) is gaining “momentum” on his initiatives.

The momentum is leading medical care providers to integrate end-of-life care and advanced directives into their ACOs, which gather doctors and other caregivers under one umbrella and are paid by Medicare and private insurers to treat groups of patients. If the ACO reduces costs while improving quality, the providers keep some of the savings.  That is different than payment today that encourages excessive treatment by paying by procedure.

Once again, the writer of this piece is taking the Governor’s original words out of context.  While it is true that Governor Palin’s original post on death panels got a lot of people talking about end-of-life care, she warned about ballooning health care costs and how it would have to eventually lead to rationing of healthcare services so that a board (now known as IPAB) will eventually be in charge of using a bureaucratically-developed system of criteria to determine who gets care and who doesn’t.

I explained all of this in depth a while back — long before Democrats even admitted it.

But let’s revisit the quote from the Governor herself from the original “death panel” post: (emphasis)

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, 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. 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.

Everything Governor Palin warned Americans about — back when Nancy Pelosi was telling us we had to first pass the Bill before finding out what was in it — has turned out to be true.

Maybe the writer of this Forbes piece only selectively reads what articles are published over thereLet’s take a look at a piece written recently by Sally Pipes.  She writes on Obama:

Let’s reflect with him. During his first campaign for the presidency in 2008, the president promised that his health reform plan would “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family” by the end of his first term.

Well, that first term is just about up. And health insurance isn’t any cheaper. In fact, it’s more expensive. Premiums have increased by an average of $3,065. And they’re about to go up even more, as Obamacare takes effect during the president’s second term.

At the end of 2012, Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, the third-largest health insurer in the country, warned that many consumers would face “premium rate shock” with the advent of Obamacare’s major insurance regulations in 2014. He predicted that unsubsidized premiums would rise 20 to 50 percent, on average.

For some people, premiums would double. “We’re going to see some markets go up as much as 100 percent,” Bertolini told Bloomberg News.

ObamaCare has completely destroyed the power of freedom within healthcare.  Decisions which were once private and respectful to the patient are now on the chopping block of big government bureaucracy.  Just a week ago, I was listening to a nationally syndicated radio program which featured a Democrat and Republican answering the questions of people calling in.  People are enraged.  One caller said his health insurance from his job more than doubled since Obama took office.  He also said that he was told they were going up again.  The Democrat guest of the program responded by using the word “ration” as a means to control costs.

That wasn’t the first time.  We all know that back in 2009, the New York Times made a case for health care rationing.  We know that recently, Paul Krugman called for it.

And I can’t blame Krugman for at least being honest with Americans about what is inevitable.  The rising costs of healthcare have to be paid for.  One way is to get it from the insurance companies.  The IRS is now pondering how to implement the “health insurer fee.”

The fee
The proposed regulations are supposed to help the IRS implement Section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).

PPACA will require “covered entities” that are “engaged in the business of providing health insurance” to pay a total of $8 billion in “fee amount” in 2014, $11.3 billion in 2015 and 2016, $13.9 billion in 2017, and $14.3 billion in 2018.

Starting in 2019, the fee amount will be the total for the previous year increased by the rate of premium growth for the preceding year, officials said.

This “fee” will of course be passed on to you, the consumer with even higher insurance costs.  But don’t expect the Obama Administration or his enablers in the media to fess up about it.  In fact, just the opposite will occur.  As it was recently reported, insurance companies will also have to submit data to the government informing them whenever they impose a higher premium on its members (you).

As reported by the New York Times:

The Obama administration says it will require health insurance companies to report all price increases, no matter how small, to the federal government so officials can monitor the impact of the new health care law and insurers’ compliance with it.

Under current rules, the federal government requires insurers to report information on rate increases of 10 percent or more. New rules being issued by the administration will extend this requirement to all rate increases for all health plans sold to individuals, families and small businesses — a total of 60 million people.

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out last week, what is noticeably-lacking in this report is that it makes no mention on the government requiring the insurance companies explain why they are rising premiums and costs.  This is because Obama’s plan to fundamentally transform America — as usual — requires that he present the data to the American people without telling them that it’s because of his own policies that their health care premiums are skyrocketing.  As such, it will be blamed on capitalism and free markets and he’ll be portrayed as the Godfather trying to protect you from it all.

All facts point to the obvious.  ObamaCare will eventually bankrupt insurance companies, leaving us no choice but to eventually submit to big government.  It’ll be about that time where talk of rationing health care will be everyday jibber-jabber as some on the left are beginning to hint.

All along though, there was someone brave enough to speak out against it.  She’s remains the one taking the shots to this day by those in the media who seek to foster it all.

The true “zero” for Americans is Obama and his mission to fundamentally transform America, not Governor Palin for telling it like it is.

Update by Doug: Three years ago Obama’s OMB Director, Peter Orszag, effectively vindicated Governor Palin on this issue when he explained in great detail how much power Obamacare vested in the IPAB bureaucrats who will be responsible for rationing health care to the nation’s elderly.

Go here to read the entire post. Bruce Japsen’s reference to “end-of-life” counseling in the Forbes article to which Steve refers is and always has been a red herring cooked up by the Left to discredit Governor Palin and divert people’s attention from the IPAB’s Orwellian power to deny or ration health care to those the government deems unworthy, hence the “death panels” metaphor. Japsen is either a moron or willfully lying. Take your pick.

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