It’s tough to be the White House. Even when the media is doing its best to cover for you, it’s hard to get people to believe you’re not doing what you’re doing.
That’s why, today, for the record at least, the White House is backing away from funding “end of life counseling” in Medicare because, well, let’s let the official White House PR firm – the Associated Press – explain it:
The latest shift on the sensitive subject comes ahead of a vote next week in the new GOP-led House to repeal President Barack Obama’s landmark health care overhaul. The decision is not likely to have much impact on patients and doctors already discussing options for care in the last stages of life.
Medicare coverage for voluntary end-of-life planning was part of the original House version of the overhaul legislation in 2009, but it was dropped after Sarah Palin and other Republicans raised the specter of “death panels” deciding the fate of vulnerable seniors. Those charges were later debunked by several non-partisan fact-checking groups.
Now I’ll translate:
It bugs the hell out of liberals that we spend so much caring for people in the last months of their lives. They figure it would save a lot of money if we would just let them die. And the more thoroughly the government takes over health care, the more liberals want to see this because now it’s costing the government money that could be wasted in places they would prefer to see it wasted.
Sarah Palin, who is smart, warned that one of the dangers of government-run health care would be the prospect of senior citizens’ having life or death decisions taken away from them and handed to government bureaucrats, who would care only about costs and not about the value of life. She referred to these as death panels.
When Palin said this, the media went into full-scale convulsions, and did everything it could to pretend that the statement was bogus. Some, er, “non-partisan fact-checking groups” scoured the text of ObamaCare for any use of the phrase “death panels,” and not finding any, declared Palin’s concern “debunked.”
That was good enough for the AP and Obama’s other media apologists, who have been repeating the meme ever since.
So when it came out that Obama wanted Medicare to pay doctors to encourage people to end their lives, Democratic Congressman Earl Bremenauer put out a memo urging supporters of the measure to keep it secret because, if Republicans found out, they might point to it as evidence that Palin was right, which it is, and which she was.
Now, because there’s no way Obama can plausibly claim otherwise no matter how hard the media tries to help him do so, he is pulling the measure. Of course, I’m sure he’ll put it back in later when he thinks he can do so without anyone noticing.
But for now, those “debunked” death panel warnings have won the day yet again.
It’s a damn good thing Sarah Palin doesn’t care what these idiots say about her, because the public seems to have noticed who tells the truth and who spews propaganda.