Of course there are. That was one of the methods ObamaCare’s architects devised to “controls” costs. It’s easy to control costs if you refuse to pay them. If someone doesn’t pass muster according to Zeke Emanuel’s Orwellian “complete lives system”, they’re denied health care. And for anyone unlucky enough to be in this category, ObamaCare’s effectively a death panel. Halperin joins other lefties in acknowledging this fact such as Howard Dean, Paul Krugman, and Peter Orszag, to name a few.
STEVE MALZBERG: I think they focused on the death panels which will be coming, call them what you will. Rationing is part of it.
MARK HALPERIN: I agree. Huge. It’s going to be a huge issue, and that’s something else about which the President was not fully forthcoming and straightforward.
MALZBERG: Alright, so you believe that there will be rationing, AKA death panels.
HALPERIN: It’s built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled
Halperin goes on to insist that, in his opinion, the rationing of health care to seniors is necessary. But even if you agree with him (I don’t), that’s not the point. This should have been part of the debate in 2009. Instead Obama, with a huge assist from the mainstream media (of which Halperin is a card-carrying member) sold ObamaCare as a win-win proposition: Not only would everyone have health care, but families would see an annual $2500 windfall (I’m still waiting for mine), everybody could keep their doctors and health insurance plans if they liked them, and there would be no rationing. But as millions of Americans are now discovering, none of this was even close to being true.
When Governor Palin noted the obvious — that ObamaCare as designed must result in the rationing of medical care to seniors and other Americans deemed unworthy — her concerns were dismissed as the lie of the year, even by those who should know better. But as it turns out, Governor Palin was absolutely right. If Halperin and the rest of the mainstream media had been at least mildly curious when it counted and had done their jobs instead of running interference for Obama, maybe the ObamaCare catastrophe could have been averted.