We all remember it well. Governor Palin’s infamous statement on what was to become ObamaCare way back in 2009:
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.
Governor Palin wrote those comments in August of 2009 free of charge so that any American who had access to Facebook could benefit from them.
Two months later, Jonathan Gruber said pretty much the same thing re: ObamaCare: (h/t Daily Caller)
“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.
Gruber also said that the only way to control costs is to effectively deny treatment.
“The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want. It’s about telling patients, ‘That surgery doesn’t do any good, so if you want it you have to pay the full cost.’”
Also as you know, other Democrats (Howard Dean, Paul Krugman, etc.) said the same thing regarding the cost of the legislation and how it played into the rationing of care or procedures (see Michelle McCormick’s post last year). And when it comes time to deny or ration, which types of patients do you think they’re going to start with? As Governor Palin said, “the sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.”
So let’s recap. In October of 2009, Jonathan Gruber officially warned of this behind closed doors at a pretty hefty charge to taxpayers.
Governor Palin says pretty much the same things months prior — out in the open — at no cost at all to taxpayers and it’s called “the lie of the year?”
I guess PolitiFact missed Jonathan Gruber.