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Monday, August 17, 2009

Oh the Hypocritical Lies: Death Panels have been around for years...


This is what I'm calling the voices against health care reform.

These people are either the biggest idiots or the biggest liars (with Sarah Palin, it's very hard to tell).

So, Palin and others are "scared" there will be these government death panels deciding who lives and who dies based on how sick you are. What a crock. Companies have had this power for years now. recently did a piece called "The 'death panels' are already here." The Salon piece mentions the case of Nataline Sarkisyan, who died in 2007 after insurance company Cigna dragged their feet because they decided a liver transplant wouldn't save her life (she later died without the transplant).

Sounds pretty death-panelrific to me, but I remembered a case from further back--after about 30 seconds of Googling I found an excerpt on Michael Moore's YouTube page from his old series The Awful Truth where he explored the case of Christopher Donahue, a man who's insurance company, Humana, was refusing to pay for the pancreas transplant he needed to survive. Michael Moore held a funeral for Donahue outside of Humana's headquarters, which Donahue, himself, attended. Before long, Humana caved and paid for the transplant, but as we saw years later with Nataline Sarkisyan, not all companies are as "generous" as Humana.

So, the next time you hear someone praise the free market for all things, think about this kind of situation.

If we truly believe all humans have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, doesn't the "right to life" mean we have to make sure everyone can get health care? And if companies are going to put their "right" to make as much money above our right to life, doesn't that mean that these corporations are anti-American and, really, anti-human? Pretty bizarre that they're in the "business" of providing health care insurance when they look to ways to avoid doing just that.

So, UNBELIEVABLE, once again, that these idiots or assholes honestly think the government would institute death panels when they've existed for over a decade. That's right--the Michael Moore show, The Awful Truth episode I described above was aired in 1999.

We've had death panels since last century--thanks, Sarah Palin (and others), for finally getting around to noticing just now.

1 comment:

  1. The one thing I forgot about the 1990's was how loud and shrill these reactionaries could be. They always seem to be the loudest in non-Republican eras and they don't really do much except distort the facts and try to impede real reform. All these anti-health care reform people gloss over the problems already inherent in the health care industry and predict the worse for public health care. They can never really advance their argument with the facts. I'm so tired of seeing them distort the facts. That will cost many more lives.
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