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Death panel (IPAB) is Obama’s way to cut medicare costs

Last week, President Barack Obama put the issue of death panels back on the table with a speech highlighting his desire to cut health care costs by giving more power to the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), which is an unelected 15-member panel appointed solely by the president. IPAB has been a sore spot with opponents of Obamacare and pro-life advocates since the health care debate began in earnest in 2009.


Democrats and Republicans are joining to oppose one of the most important features of President Obama’s new deficit reduction plan, a powerful independent board that could make sweeping cuts in the growth of Medicare spending.

Mr. Obama wants to expand the power of the 15-member panel, which was created by the new health care law, to rein in Medicare costs.


So let the rationing begin.  The IPAB is the death panel.  Obama and congressional proponents of Obamacare have always known and intended that Obamacare contain extensive rationing of care to cut costs.  They lied and laughed about the death panels, but that’s exactly what they want.

Do you want your healthcare in the hands of 15 “experts” appointed by the president and completely out of the hands of the congress or anyone else for that matter?  Fifteen people?  I think not, especially when you realize just what these experts plan.   Obama has already said quality of life would not be considered because it was just too subjective when deciding certain care for the elderly and maybe just a red or blue pill would be fine.

The Obama administration is just eat up with whole lives people, all of whom want to devalue life, especially as to the elderly and the disabled.  Just knock them off, pull the plug, whatever it takes because it is a waste of money to treat such people.

It is a diabolical belief system, unChristian and un American.

I can’t think of anything more sinister than being in the hospital and being at the mercy of some list they must check to see how much my life is worth as decided by some presidential panel stacked with 15 whole lives adherents.

And anybody who is comfortable with that is one who thinks it does not apply to them.




Posted:  04.26.11 @ 8:29 a.m.


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Obama sticks it to us again, bypasses Congress on Medicare appointment

Donald Berwick.

Look into his eyes and see what you see.

In May, 2010, Ben Domenech at Heartland.org stated the following:

President Obama’s nomination of Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is  gathering far less attention than a certain other nominee — but it will be getting more attention in the weeks to come, given his particularly radical agenda when it comes to health policy.

Well, no, not really.  There won’t be more attention paid to his radical agenda because president obama has bypassed Congress and appointed him during a recess to head up the CMS.

The New York Times states:

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said the “recess appointment” was needed to carry out the new health care law. The law calls for huge changes in the two programs, which together insure nearly one-third of all Americans.

Mr. Pfeiffer said the president would appoint Dr. Berwick on Wednesday. Mr. Obama decided to act because “many Republicans in Congress have made it clear in recent weeks that they were going to stall the nomination as long as they could, solely to score political points,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.


The recess appointment was somewhat unusual because the Senate is in recess for less than two weeks and senators were still waiting for Dr. Berwick to submit responses to some of their requests for information. No confirmation hearing has been held or scheduled.

So while the nation is celebrating its independence, our dictator president marches on to enact his socialist agenda.

If Republicans planned to stall this appointment?  That is a good thing.  Not only stall, they should prevent the appointment, if at all possible.  Don’t you just love it how Mr. Phiffer puts it.  Obama does this arrogant power grab and it’s all the republican’s fault.  Alert:  There are democrats and republicans and all in between American citizens on medicaid and medicare who will be affected by these policies.

Remember when opponents of Obamacare said it would mean rationing?  Oh, no, they are just trying to scare you, they said.

Of course, there will be rationing.  It takes a head in the sand to say otherwise.  It was true during the debate and now it is coming to pass.  And where are they starting?  Medicaid and Medicare – the most vulnerable citizens, those who have been promised that safety-net either by extreme need or at the end of their lives, (which, by the way, they have paid into their entire working lives by force and without a choice).

The interviewer pointed out: “Critics of CER have said that it will lead to the rationing of health care.” To which Berwick replied: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care. The decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”


And the Complete Lives System, by some equation of quality adjusted life years, which is not only unAmerican but ungodly as well, will be the vehicle through which these decisions will be made.  Whether you like to believe it or not there is a death panel under Obamacare and there will be rationing under Obamacare.

Everybody knows it, most of all Obama and his administration know it.  There’s no other way to say it, they have lied about it.  Why do you think he wants to bypass congress in this appointment and thereby bypass questions and probes into Mr. Berwick’s beliefs and opinions about healthcare?  You got it.  To hide.  Notice how many things are done in the middle of the night or on congressional recess.


This obama is a real piece of work.

He just continues to stick his finger in the eye of the American people.  We darn well better start fighting back.

Obama has no credibility, he has an evil objective, and now their only excuse for a recess appointment during a short two week recess is that George W. Bush did something similar.  Mr. Obama is trying really hard to do everything Bush did, isn’t he?  Bush’s Third Term.  Except his is a socialist agenda.  Bush was nowhere near a socialist.  Logic.  If it was wrong when Bush did it, it’s wrong when obama does it.  But once again, the baby obama administration blames Bush for their own actions.  Get out the pacifier, the baby is crying.  But these juvenile protestations only seek to mask the damage that is being done.

But the fore-warnings and fore-shadowing of this type of thinking is everywhere now.  What’s wrong for one is right for the other.  What’s racism for one is a lifetime of service for another.  What’s wrong for Bush is right for Obama.  And what will be a human being worth saving for one will be a human being on the garbage heap for another.

And, yes, I meant to say evil objective.  Any time you put price stickers on human life, making one more valuable than another, it is evil – and dangerous.  Because who is going to do the labeling?  Some imperfect person or panel who already thinks and believes they are superior beings.  I don’t trust any person to make that judgment.

All human life must be esteemed on the same high level.  Otherwise, who is able or trusted to decide?

What Price is Life?

Why we Must Ration Healthcare by Peter Singer

Posted:  07.07.10.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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