Revisiting the Obamacare Debate

By: Guest Authors

By: Evan Kates, Political Director, Repeal Obamacare PAC

Democrats never wanted to hear from us when it came to Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi famously and fatuously said a few weeks before its passage in March 2010 that the law had to be passed in order for us (the American citizens who will suffer and pay for it) to see what’s in it. Link Well, Speaker Pelosi, it passed, it’s rotten, and it smells worse and worse as the inconvenient truth bubbles to the surface. Link

With Election Day nearly upon us and many candidates making a staking their candidacies on a steadfast pledge to repeal Obamacare, now’s a good time to reflect upon the objections that were voiced prior to the Obamacare’s slim passage in March 2010.

One of those reasons is Obamacare’s so-called “death panels.” In the next few weeks, ROCPAC will also highlight some of the others – lest the white noise of campaign season allow us to forget what makes Obamacare such an abomination, and why even the most cynical voters ought to pull the lever in four weeks to stop Obamacare before it’s too late.

This summer, the pragmatist billionaire Bill Gates bemoaned, during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado a “lack of willingness” to consider the question of choosing between “spending a million dollars on that last three months of life for that patient” or laying off ten teachers. He snidely added, “But that’s called the death panel and you’re not supposed to have that discussion.”

Well, no, Mr. Gates, we’re not – because the American people were told, sworn to, promised that death panels would not be a feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, PPAHCA, i.e., “Obamacare.” (In fact, Sarah Palin was roundly abused by the MSM for even suggesting just this thing.)

Indeed, Obamacare is already administering death panels in the form of denying drugs and treatment to patients needing those drugs and treatments to survive.

The drug “Avastin” is a recent example that comes to bind. Avastin, the world’s best-selling cancer medication, was approved by the FDA for late-stage breast cancer and some 17,500 women in the U.S. benefit, but at a cost of about $8,000 per month. The FDA advisory panel has voted (12-1) to drop the endorsement for breast cancer treatment. The panel unusually cited ‘effectiveness’ grounds for the decision. But it has been argued – convincingly – that cost effectiveness was the real reason. Study of the diabetes pill, “Avandia,” has also been halted.

Death panel? A rose by any other name might smell as sweet and a death panel by any other name would stink no matter what.

Of course, Gates pales next to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a man of many hats who is a breast cancer oncologist, Special Advisor for Health Policy to OMB Director Peter Orzag, and brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He also happens to be endorse the idea of denying medical care to patients who are no longer “participating citizens” — people who are deemed useless “eaters” by the state. Also a proud proponent of euthanasia and assisted suicide, Emanuel rationalizes his position by saying, “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination.” Emanuel added a veritable head-shaker worthy of Yogi Berra: “Every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years:” (For more startling reading on Mr. Emanuel’s wacky views, read Prof. Schwartz’s excellent write-up in the American Thinker Goodbye, grandma indeed.)

Anyway, 70 year olds were once 30, too. Is there any point hidden in Emanuel’s gibberish? Perhaps – but let’s not hold our breath that it’s something sensible.

Likewise, let’s not hold our breath that Obamacare would look better if ever unleashed in full fury.

Americans are realizing, one terrible truth at a time, Obamacare is a monstrosity in every sense. But the prospects for repeal may hinge on what happens four weeks from now. Let us hope and pray that American voters remember this on Election Day, and as we head toward 2012.

Evan Kates is the political director for Repeal Obamacare PAC. For more information or to support ROCPAC:

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