4 Year Anniversary: Death Panels

August 7, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the post that made Americans aware of the insidiousness baked into the pie of awfulness known as Obamacare. It also marks the moment when supporters of, and lobbyists for, Obamacare completely lost their merde.  Allow me to present, in pictorial form, the reaction evolution to death panels:


August 7, 2009: Statement on the Current Health Care Debate

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.


At first the Left was all:


And Republicans were all:


Everyone else (soon to be called ‘Tea Party’) reacted like this:



Once they realized what had happened, the Left went all:



LIE OF THE YEAR: “Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest: “Death panels.”



Lies were told in 2009, but they didn’t come from Gov. Sarah Palin:

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Aug. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama repeated a line he’s used many times in describing his health care proposal: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

President Obama stated in 2009, “Every credible person who has looked into it has said there are no so-called death panels – an offensive notion to me and to the American people. These are phony claims meant to divide us.”

Meanwhile, Republicans were still all:

Gail Wilensky, a health adviser to President George H.W. Bush, said the charge was untrue and upsetting. “I think it is really unfortunate that this has been raised and received so much attention because there are serious issues to debate in health care reform,” she said at a forum on Sept. 3.



Everyone else (Tea Party) reacted like this:

 Top Gun Smile



The Left finally went all:


“We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes … on the middle class, maybe a value added tax.”

“And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version, which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble, is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.”

Paul Krugman

And that maybe the IPAB won’t be the cat’s pajamas after all:

Jim Carrey

“By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”

Howard Dean


And while Republicans acted like they invented the phrase:  “Death Panels.”



Tea Partiers were all:





False“The phrase “death panels” appears to be original to Palin. A search of news databases showed no use prior to her Facebook posting.”


And throughout it all Governor Sarah Palin has been:




Credit to Gov. Sarah Palin–for putting into words what many sensed would be the end result of Obamacare for our elderly and handicapped–and having the courage to say it when others were too afraid to call an evil by its name.



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