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Sockpuppet Friday

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:49 pm

The usual rules apply.

The Law of Unintended (But Wholly Predictable) Consequences: Medicare Cuts Edition

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 2:23 pm

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

Remember folks, all that talk about Death Panels, reduction of doctors’ availability, etc. under Obamacare was just a series of Republican lies.  And pay no attention to stories like this:

Doctors say Medicare cuts force painful decision about elderly patients

Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you’re a senior covered by Medicare, the wait is eight weeks.

How about a checkup from geriatric specialist Michael Trahos? Expect to see him every six months: The Alexandria-based doctor has been limiting most of his Medicare patients to twice yearly rather than the quarterly checkups he considers ideal for the elderly. Still, at least he’ll see you. Top-ranked primary care doctor Linda Yau is one of three physicians with the District’s Foxhall Internists group who recently announced they will no longer be accepting Medicare patients.

“It’s not easy. But you realize you either do this or you don’t stay in business,” she said.

As they say, read the whole thing.  And which evil, right wing newspaper am I linking to?  Um, the Washington Post.

Gee, it’s almost like as if the first mistake regulators make is to forget that those they regulate might either flee the jurisdiction or change their behavior so they are no longer under their regulation…  you know, someone should put that in a blog post or something, right?

So now that we passed it, and we are beginning to see what is in it, how does it look?  Do you think maybe we should have figure out what was in it, before we passed it?

Oh, and if that isn’t nice enough, Sen. Mark Warner is urging that we give even more power to the board to carry out more Medicare cuts.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

Palin Reacts to Mocking of Her Korea Comments by Mocking Obama

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:33 am

On Wednesday, Sarah Palin was interviewed by Glenn Beck and made a reference to our North Korean allies. Beck quickly corrected her, and the effect was that of a slip of the tongue rather than someone who didn’t know the difference. Several liberal outlets quickly and predictably jumped down her throat.

Now she comes out on her Facebook page with a guns-blazing response. Her post is titled A Thanksgiving Message to All 57 States

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that …

You’ll have to go to Palin’s entry for the various links, but you have no doubt guessed what she’s doing: amassing a comprehensive collection of silly-sounding Obama gaffes.

It’s a righteous slam, and I hate to harsh the effect with criticism — but she quickly segues to a dissertation about the double standard at work. It’s a valid point, but comes off sounding whiny.

This is exactly what I’m talking about when I say she has a poor way of reacting to criticism. It’s a perfect opportunity to react with pure humor — and she starts well but finishes weak.

That said, click the link and enjoy a few minutes of Obama gaffes. Bookmark it for the next time someone tells you Bush or Palin are uniquely prone to verbal missteps.

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