Patterico's Pontifications

11/14/2010

Update on Krugman: I Didn’t Really Mean Death Panels, I Meant the Government Should Refuse Treatment

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:12 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

Well, that is a paraphrase of what he said in his blog, responding to the controversy over his “death panels” comment earlier today.  And here’s the fuller quote so you can judge for yourself:

So, what I said is that the eventual resolution of the deficit problem both will and should rely on “death panels and sales taxes”. What I meant is that

(a) health care costs will have to be controlled, which will surely require having Medicare and Medicaid decide what they’re willing to pay for — not really death panels, of course, but consideration of medical effectiveness and, at some point, how much we’re willing to spend for extreme care

(b) we’ll need more revenue — several percent of GDP — which might most plausibly come from a value-added tax

Oh, and by the way, in the past he has said that death panels will save money.

So are we supposed to really think this was a slip of the tongue?  Would it really have been so hard to say it the way he describes his intentions as being?

Well, you can make up your own mind, but I think he meant what he said and said what he meant.  He wants to decide that sometimes it is better to let someone die than to spend more government money.  And I will note for the record, his “clarification” didn’t actually contradict that impression.  I mean how hard would that have been?  All he would have had to say was “still, I feel that no cost should be spared when a person’s life is on the line.”  But he didn’t say that, now did he?

And, by the way, for your own reference, here is a link to Palin’s facebook page where she first popularized that phrase.  You have to give it to her: she has rocked that facebook.

And also for your reference “Dr. Drew” has very similar thoughts.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

The Only Sure Thing In Life Is Death Panels and Taxes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:39 pm

Paul Krugman:

Some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes.

At the link, the Newsbusters writer falls all over himself to note that Krugman is likely using the term “death panels” in a derisive manner. Fine. But watch the video.

He is quite serious about saying the solution is going to include cutting out certain types of care:

Medicare is going to have to decide what it’s going to pay for. And at least for starters, it’s going to have to decide which medical procedures are not effective at all and should not be paid for at all. In other words, it should have endorsed the panel that was part of the health care reform.

Sarah Palin was right in talking about death panels as the end result of ObamaCare.

That’s the Democrats’ health care solution. Death panels and taxes.

Obama 2012!!!

Thanks to a commenter who wishes to remain anonymous for the title of the post and the link.

Zombie on “Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:56 am

It’s a parody of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”: a new Zombie collection of pictures of San Francisco weirdos.

She blurs out most of the genitalia, but I’m still not sure it’s safe for work — and I’m pretty sure it’s not safe for your stomach. I still feel a little ill.

Still, a good reminder of what can happen when you let a city become overrun with insane fringe leftists.


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