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Vulnerable Dems Oppose (‘Phony’) Death Panels

From The Hill:

ObamaCare ‘death panel’ faces growing opposition from Dems

By Elise Viebeck | August 8, 2013

ObamaCare’s cost-cutting board — memorably called a “death panel” by Sarah Palin — is facing growing opposition from Democrats who say it will harm people on Medicare.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean drew attention to the board designed to limit Medicare cost growth when he called for its repeal in an op-ed late last month…

Which was studiously ignored by our media guardians.

But the former Vermont governor is not the only Democrat looking to kill the panel.

A wave of vulnerable Democrats over the past three months has signed on to bills repealing the board’s powers, including Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Elizabeth Esty (Conn.).

All five are considered vulnerable in next year’s elections, highlighting the stakes and the political angst surrounding the healthcare measure…

The hell you say? We thought Obama-Care was wildly popular. Which is why it cannot ever be repealed or defunded.

Two of the lawmakers explained their opposition by suggesting the board would limit care for Medicare patients. But the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) blasted the four Democrats for “desperately trying to jump off the ObamaCare train.”

They won’t be the first or the last. Probably by November 2014, Obama will be railing about Obama-Care.

The cost-cutting board has been dogged with controversy over the last three years.

Major healthcare interests like the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the pharmaceutical lobby have supported IPAB repeal, saying the panel would cut providers’ pay arbitrarily.

The AMA thinks it knows more about medicine than Obama?

Public awareness of the board shot up last year when Palin called it a “death panel,” connecting the IPAB to her previous attacks on a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning in the Affordable Care Act.

“Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that ObamaCare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about healthcare funding,” Palin wrote on Facebook…

The Affordable Care Act prevents the IPAB from making recommendations that would directly ration care. But critics say reducing provider reimbursements would have the same result by making it difficult for healthcare professionals to make money in Medicare…

Rationing by any other name smells just as bad.

In the meantime, the Democratic National Campaign Committee (DCCC) is warding off criticism of the anti-IPAB Dems with a push to turn the ObamaCare tables on the GOP.

The committee pointed to evidence Wednesday that resisting the healthcare law could hurt Republicans in the next election.

A new poll commissioned by the Service Employees International Union found that undecided voters prefer an anti-repeal Democrat over a pro-repeal Republican in a generic match-up…

A SEIU poll says that? Oh, well then that’s settled.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Vulnerable Dems Oppose (‘Phony’) Death Panels”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Can’t we make them first in line for Death Panels? I’d vote for that …

  2. untrainable says:

    The committee pointed to evidence Wednesday that resisting the healthcare law could hurt Republicans in the next election.

    And resisting blanket amnesty for illegals will hurt Republicans in the next election.

    And resisting comprehensive and common sense gun control will hurt Republicans in the next election.

    And resisting endless deficit spending to the tune of a trillion dollars a year will hurt republicans in the next election.

    And resisting quantitative easing ad-infinitum to devalue the dollar will hurt Republicans in the next election.

    And resisting yet another rise in the debt limit will hurt Republicans in the next election.

    And resisting Obama’s initiative to destroy the coal industry will hurt republicans in the next election.

    Resisting every socialist/marxist/fascist/progressive “solution” that Obama dredges out of the bottomless pit of destruction that he appears to have at his disposal will hurt Republicans in the next election.

    Why bother to even run… right? Let’s just give the government and all our freedom to Obama because we wouldn’t want to be hurt in the next election.

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    I find it most disgusting that the reason these dimocrat politicians now oppose ObamaCare is not because of any principled stand against faceless bureaucrats making life and death decisions on the basis of how much money it costs, but rather they oppose the death panels because they now realize how unpopular the law is and they’re afraid of losing their gig. F*%k the voters when it comes to blindly following my party’s orders but now, “please don’t hold me responsible for my votes.”

    And shame on this info babe for not pointing that out in the story.

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