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Is Sarah Palin crazy?
American Thinker ^ | 9-6-09 | Howard Lurie

Posted on 09/06/2009 6:27:00 PM PDT by smoothsailing


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September 06, 2009

Is Sarah Palin crazy?

By Howard Lurie

Is Sarah Palin crazy?  Was she out of her mind when she implied that the Obama health care bill was going to create a "death panel" that would encourage the elderly to check out early if their illness or infirmity was draining too many dollars from the system?

Sure, there is a provision in the bill for end-of-life counseling by doctors, but it does not establish "death panels."  And yes, it does call for explanations of orders regarding life sustaining treatments, and why such orders might be beneficial to the individual and the individual's family, but there is no language in the bill mandating the individual's death.

Of course, as we have learned, the absence of specific language in the Constitution or a statute doesn't mean that something isn't there.  There is no language in the Constitution guaranteeing a right to abortion, but that didn't stop the Supreme Court from concluding that such a right exists.  The right to an abortion arose out of the right of privacy that also lacks any textual support in the Constitution.

A corollary concept is that specific language in the Constitution prohibiting something doesn't mean that it is actually prohibited.  The Constitution clearly and specifically declares that no Senator can be appointed to an office in the United States if the salary for that office was increased during the term for which the Senator was elected.  The salary of the Secretary of State was increased during the term of Senator Hillary Clinton.  Nonetheless, she was appointed and confirmed by the Senate to that office.

We have also seen that despite the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection of the law, a compelling state interest can exist that renders unequal treatment permissible.  An elite state law school's desire for a racially diverse student body was held by the Supreme Court to permit the law school to treat white applicants less favorably than non-white applicants.  The Court deferred to the law school's judgment that diversity was a compelling state interest.

If the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment is subordinate to "a compelling state interest," one could reasonably fear that the Amendment's guarantee that no person should be deprived "life, liberty, or property" without due process of law is likewise subordinate to "a compelling state interest."  Arguably, the preservation of dwindling government health care dollars is "a compelling state interest."

Before dismissing the above argument as ludicrous, I hasten to remind the reader that it was not too long ago that, in the interest of the greater good, states were forcibly sterilizing the mentally retarded.  "It is better for all the world" said the eminent jurist Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. speaking for the Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell (1927), if "society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.  The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.  Three generations of imbeciles is enough."

In 1932, the Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began a study of untreated syphilis in black males.  The study began with 399 black men with syphilis.  The men were falsely told that they were going to be treated, but they were never given the proper treatment to cure their illness.  Even in 1947 when penicillin became the drug of choice for syphilis, it was not offered to the men.  The study went on for 40 years, but the men were never given adequate treatment for their disease.  Despite the Hippocratic Oath that doctors supposedly take to "do no harm," a number of doctors participated in the study in the interest of medical research. 

Today, over one million abortions a year are performed.  This deliberate killing takes place with the sanction of the highest court of our land, and with the approval of our President.  These abortions are to prevent the birth of unwanted children who might become a financial burden for their mothers, families, or society.  Many of these abortions are paid for by taxpayers through agencies of our federal and state governments.

If the burden of the unwanted justifies their extermination prior to birth, it is not unreasonable to wonder whether the burden of the unwanted ill and infirm elderly would constitute a justification for their early exit from this world.  Will some number of ill and infirm aged be "enough"?

There are but a few steps between government mandated end-of-life counseling, and the "better for all the world" ending of life by government mandates. 

Sarah Palin is not crazy.
Howard Lurie is emeritus professor, School of Law, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Contact him at hlurie1@inbox.com. 


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1 posted on 09/06/2009 6:27:02 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Sure, there is a provision in the bill for end-of-life counseling by doctors, but it does not establish "death panels."

I question whether or not the author has actually read Palin's post on Facebook.
2 posted on 09/06/2009 6:29:33 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: smoothsailing
These aborted citizens are being replaced by illegal aliens.. en mass...
Both democrat and republican voters are aborting their parties to death..
3 posted on 09/06/2009 6:30:26 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: smoothsailing

She’s not crazy.

They already have death panels in Oregon - if you are given bad odds, you don’t get treatment. You get a pill.

This author needs to read more and write less.


4 posted on 09/06/2009 6:30:32 PM PDT by carolina71
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To: smoothsailing
Crazy? She defeated the bill only using facebook.

What a maroon.

5 posted on 09/06/2009 6:33:17 PM PDT by Vision (Jesus- "Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Terpfen

Read the rest of the article. He goes on to say that the government tends to make up things in laws, if there is no specific language prohibiting it—and in some cases, they still make up things even if it’s prohibited.


6 posted on 09/06/2009 6:33:19 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Question O-thority!)
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To: smoothsailing

yeah, crazy like a fox. This guy gets it.


7 posted on 09/06/2009 6:33:47 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: carolina71

Did you read it all the way through???


8 posted on 09/06/2009 6:34:39 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: carolina71
This author needs to read more and write less

Or write more clearly. He does, eventually, get to the point Palin is correct but takes such as torturous route to get there his point is obscured.

At least I think he believes her on target. Read it twice but don't have the stamana to do it again to triple check.

9 posted on 09/06/2009 6:35:02 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: smoothsailing
Sure, there is a provision in the bill for end-of-life counseling by doctors, but it does not establish "death panels." And yes, it does call for explanations of orders regarding life sustaining treatments, and why such orders might be beneficial to the individual and the individual's family, but there is no language in the bill mandating the individual's death.

Here we go again with the same talking points that have been refuted a million times.

I can't believe this crap is in the American Thinker.

10 posted on 09/06/2009 6:35:19 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Bryanw92; Marysecretary

Guess I’m eating crow, I didn’t read the rest of the article.


11 posted on 09/06/2009 6:38:18 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: smoothsailing

Hyperbole is an effective and acceptable tool of argument. The “death panels” reference was hyperbole; but just barely, unfortunately.


12 posted on 09/06/2009 6:39:04 PM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: smoothsailing

Good article, the whole thing. :)


13 posted on 09/06/2009 6:39:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing
Despite the Hippocratic Oath that doctors supposedly take to "do no harm," a number of doctors participated in the study in the interest of medical research.

This is one of those cases I think of whenever I hear about " you can't legislate morality". The doctors had a MORAL obligation to treat those men whether or not they had a legal one. Now they would have a legal one. Is that legislating morality?

14 posted on 09/06/2009 6:39:54 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: carolina71
This author needs to read more and write less.

I deg to biffer! ;^) This author is perfectly eloquent in demonstrating why Palin is correct, and even says she is correct at the end of the article: if not in name, in practice the plan would create death panels.

15 posted on 09/06/2009 6:40:37 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: smoothsailing
Sarah Palin is not crazy.

She's not God either.

16 posted on 09/06/2009 6:40:40 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: carolina71

“There are but a few steps between government mandated end-of-life counseling, and the “better for all the world” ending of life by government mandates.

Sarah Palin is not crazy.”

Read to the end of the article. The author supports Sarah.


17 posted on 09/06/2009 6:42:43 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: Marysecretary

like a FOX, you betcha!


18 posted on 09/06/2009 6:43:40 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: smoothsailing
She' crazy like a fox.

GO SARAH GO!

"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" - Sarah Palin, August 8, 2009

"We face challenging times with some hell-bent on tearing down our nation by perpetuating pessimism and apologizing for America. They suggest that our best days were yesterdays. But how can this pessimism exist? Proof of our greatness and pride is all around us today. We produce proud and great volunteers who sacrifice everything for their country.

"We can resist enslavement to big central government that crushes hope and opportunity. We must be wary of government largesse. It doesn’t come free and often accepting it takes away everything that is free. Melting into Washington’s powerful and caretaking arms will only lead to suck away the incentive to work hard and chart our own course. This will only contribute to an unstable economy and dizzying national debt, and it will make us less free.

"We don’t have to feel that we must beg an allowance from Washington – except to beg the allowance to be self-determined.

"See, in order to be self-sufficient (we) must be allowed to develop, to drill and build and climb to fulfill our promise! We can not start believing that government is the answer. It can’t make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise. What can? It is the wisdom of the people and our families and our small businesses and industrious individuals. And it is God’s grace helping those who help themselves." - Sarah Palin, July 26, 2009
SARAH'S FAREWELL SPEECH AS GOVERNOR - GREAT READ

Sarah has now initiated her brilliant flanking manuever against the left, the DNC, the MSM and the RINOs that has them all in a frenzy wondering what her next move will be and how it will be perceived...and has them frothing at the mouth in their efforts to discredit her.

Sarah will now get her book out, go on tour, give speeches and promote conservatie principles all over this country in the midst of the Obama administration disaster and gain great political capital in the process. Then she will support conservative candidates in 2010 and help them win, amassing much more political capital. She will then take all of that and make an awesome, stunning run for the Presidency in 2012.



MANY MORE STICKER DESIGNS HERE

"...like that grizzly guards her cubs, as a mother naturally guards her own. I will keep that vow wherever the road may lead." - Sarah Palin, July 26, 2009


SARAH PALIN STANDING IN THE BREACH


AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY

A PETITION ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RESTORATION

19 posted on 09/06/2009 6:44:29 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: EveningStar
She's not God either.

Of course NOT. But these liberals per BamaKennedy in his conference call to his religious base claim a partnership with their god to decided who lives and who dies.

20 posted on 09/06/2009 6:44:29 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: EveningStar

21 posted on 09/06/2009 6:44:41 PM PDT by WVKayaker (Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C Clarke)
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To: carolina71

Read more of the article. He poses the initial question to draw in the opposition, who happen to think Sarah Palin is crazy, and after citing instances where the government has done the very thing that Palin has warned us against. He then concludes that Palin is not crazy.


22 posted on 09/06/2009 6:45:51 PM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: Terpfen
The "Standards of Care" Committee is NOT in the proposed health care bills. It has already been passed into law in the original Stimulus Bill. Like similar Committees in English and Canadian laws, these Committees set levels of approved care which deny care to the elderly, the disabled, and other disfavored people.

The word death is never used. But in some cases, that is the necessary consequence.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "Birth of a New Party"

"Ben Franklin will be in D.C., speaking and dressed this way."

23 posted on 09/06/2009 6:45:51 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Tom Paine and the future of America: www.TheseAreTheTimes.us)
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To: Bryanw92

Which is well and good, but it’s not what I’m talking about.

When Palin made her death panels post, her justification was that the combination of mandatory end of life counseling plus the creation of a health choices commissioner who unilaterally decides who will get what benefits equals a death panel, as in some sort of body that will decide that people are not worth caring for and must be abandoned by the system.

So when the author bashes Palin by saying there’s nothing in the part about mandatory end of life care that establishes a death panel, and then goes on to say that governments make things up, he misses the freakin’ point, to put it charitably. They don’t have to make anything up, because it’s already in the damn bill.


24 posted on 09/06/2009 6:48:16 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Exactly right, the foundation for this was laid in the porkulus. But that’s not what’s being specifically referred to here. Read my post 21.


25 posted on 09/06/2009 6:50:33 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

I’m sorry, post 24, not 21.


26 posted on 09/06/2009 6:50:57 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: smoothsailing

She’s saner than a lot of the people calling her crazy.


27 posted on 09/06/2009 6:51:52 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Vision
Crazy? She defeated the bill only using facebook. What a maroon.

Catchy title, wasn't it? :-)

28 posted on 09/06/2009 6:52:04 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Brugmansian

I agree with youe post !

and, to the person who asked if I read it all the way through, no, I didn’t but I did read enough.


29 posted on 09/06/2009 6:52:54 PM PDT by carolina71
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To: smoothsailing

Indirectly, he pointed out something that the medical community has tap danced around for years. The abandonment of the Hippocratic oath, or its debasement to an empty ritual, devoid of meaning.

Since the time of the fictional Dr. Frankenstein, medical ethics has been under attack. Today, a doctor will not be condemned for inhumanity and violating the cardinal rules of life, but be honored by his peers for breaching ethics in such an interesting way. Relativistic ethics on a par with journalistic ethics, meaning no ethics.

While the public are still shocked and horrified by the medical experiments conducted by the Nazis and Imperial Japanese war machine, or the Tuskegee experiment, the medical community is not. Unconcerned with life, and humanity, they hide behind science as justification for any barbarity.

For this reason, it is a reasonable question to ask if doctors are any longer able or willing to police their own ethics, or if a public agency should be able to intervene in their practices and tell them to discontinue a practice or experiment, because it has passed the boundaries the public is willing to tolerate.


30 posted on 09/06/2009 6:53:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: smoothsailing
Is Sarah Palin crazy?"

Like the fox (that she is).

Sarah's playing checkers while 0be's losing big time at chess.

31 posted on 09/06/2009 6:54:45 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You’re painting with way too broad a brush.


32 posted on 09/06/2009 6:55:07 PM PDT by meyer (Do not go gentle into that good night - Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)
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To: Terpfen
I question whether or not the author has actually read Palin's post on Facebook.

Read the whole article. It clearly is saying that the lack of a direct link doesn't mean one is not or can not be implied.

They are defending her.

33 posted on 09/06/2009 6:55:59 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: smoothsailing

If she is crazy, so is Steve Marlsburg and NUMEROUS other conservative analysts who have stated the same thing.

The American Thinker needs a good laxative to clear his brains out.


34 posted on 09/06/2009 6:56:14 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: jazusamo

It certainly is, and the title is a masterstroke! :)


35 posted on 09/06/2009 7:00:28 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

For god sakes I am a Phlebotomist and I took the Hipocratic oath and I follow it to a tee every day... Now an abortion doctor in my opinion can’t be considered a doctor due to him breaking his Hipacratic oath.


36 posted on 09/06/2009 7:02:39 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Brugmansian; carolina71
The first four sentences (the parts you likely disagree with) are there to draw in those that think Palin is crazy.

The writer gets to his point by the first sentence of the third paragraph - Of course, as we have learned, the absence of specific language in the Constitution or a statute doesn't mean that something isn't there.

The remainder of the article is in strong support of Palin's stance that the suggestion of "death panels" is not ludicrous.

37 posted on 09/06/2009 7:03:30 PM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: smoothsailing

Like a fox... and just she is one. Brains, looks, and political acumen. That leaves the left out in the cold and screaming their heads off...heh.


38 posted on 09/06/2009 7:05:39 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: freedumb2003
Read the whole article.

Read my post 24.
39 posted on 09/06/2009 7:07:10 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: smoothsailing
I like the efficiency of private insurance companies better. whenever they think that their bottom line is being threatened they'll just cancel the patients policy.

You see no panel needed, just a faceless bean-counter deciding your fate.

40 posted on 09/06/2009 7:09:58 PM PDT by Tempest (Placing Americans people before foreign corporate interest)
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To: smoothsailing

Professor=dumb bastard!


41 posted on 09/06/2009 7:10:37 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: carolina71
I agree with youe post ! and, to the person who asked if I read it all the way through, no, I didn’t but I did read enough.

I, as others, didn't get it at first. But we're not dunces. The burden is on the writer to be clear. The technique he uses is good--draw readers in by saying the opposite in the headline of what he really believes But he doesn't execute properly. He does start to reverse what he says in the title in the proper place--the third paragraph--but he does so indirectly. Professional writers know people skim. And they know the most avid and knowledgable readers skim the most and the fastest. All it takes is a simple declarative sentence in the third of fourth paragraph to yank them to the real point of an essay. This writer didn't do it as we can see from the comments.

42 posted on 09/06/2009 7:10:48 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: smoothsailing
I was tempted, after reading the first few lines, to write off the writer as another anti-Palin and respond accordingly. After reading his editorial, it's clear to me he understands.
43 posted on 09/06/2009 7:11:04 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Bryanw92

lol...the first 5 posts are 0-5 in getting past the first sentence before posting.


44 posted on 09/06/2009 7:13:00 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Deagle
Like a fox... and just she is one. Brains, looks, and political acumen.

Don't forget she shoots guns!

45 posted on 09/06/2009 7:14:42 PM PDT by bigjoesaddle ("Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play" -- Joseph Goebbels)
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To: carolina71

Read the article....to the end.


46 posted on 09/06/2009 7:17:58 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: dalereed
Be nice if more people would read the article to it's conclusion before posting comments. Several posters failed to read the piece. The professor was quite supportive of Palin but I guess he needs to do a condensed version for short attention spans.
47 posted on 09/06/2009 7:19:36 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: smoothsailing

Sure, there is a provision in the bill for end-of-life counseling by doctors, but it does not establish “death panels.”

Of course it doesn’t...but they’ve convinced a few Americans that removal of the end-of-life counseling provision was the end to the death panels. One never had anything to do with the other. Now, when the panel decides to ration your care, there won’t be any free end-of-life counseling.


48 posted on 09/06/2009 7:21:29 PM PDT by Kimberly GG
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To: GBA
It comes from the American Thinker. I have never criticized one of their pieces.
49 posted on 09/06/2009 7:21:30 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Reread. Go to the end, It’s not as it might appear to you!!!


50 posted on 09/06/2009 7:21:37 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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