Remember Sarah Palin, she can see Russia from her house.
She also lost the presidential election and most recently turned her back on the people of Alaska. Well now she thinks we actually care what she thinks about the Health Care Bill. But here’s what’s funny; I’m not really sure she actually understands the Bill. In her defense, who actually does? But what’s particularly amusing is when one exposes their own ignorance, not at a national press conference (because we don’t care anymore), but on Facebook. Apparently she couldn’t conjure up enough press to hold a conference, so those of us who were actually stupid enough to Facebook friend her one drunken lonely night, got the exclusive. Now here’s where it gets really good. Instead of trying to invoke an actual credible argument against the Health Care Bill, which is entirely feasible, she just made one up. Yep that’s right. Made one up. Ummm Sarah, correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t you ask all of us in the media to “stop making stuff up.” Why? So you could? Now that’s just not fare.
So here’s what she claims; in a Facebook posting Wednesday night titled “Concerning Death Panels,” Palin argued with herself that the elderly and ailing would be coerced into accepting minimal end-of-life care to reduce health care costs based on the Democratic Bill in the House. Nice to know her and McCain are still close and she’s concerned.
But there will be no “death panels” under the legislation being considered. In fact, the provision in the Bill would allow Medicare to pay doctors for voluntary counseling sessions that address end-of-life issues. The conversations between doctor and patient would include living wills, making a close relative or a trusted friend your health care proxy, learning about hospice as an option for the terminally ill, and information about pain medications for people suffering chronic discomfort.
The sessions would be covered every five years, more frequently if someone is gravely ill. Also, the American Medical Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization support the provision, which gives it a little credibility.
In her posting, Palin continues: “With all due respect, it’s misleading for the President to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients.” She added, “It’s all just more evidence that the Democratic legislative proposals will lead to health care rationing.”
Even some Republicans have called her game. Like Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. (Yes Alaska) She said that Palin and other critics were not helping the GOP by tossing out false claims. Portions of the Democratic health care bills “are bad enough that we don’t need to be making things up,” Murkowski said she was offended at the “death panel” terminology. “There is no reason to gin-up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill.”
Well, speaking of Gin, I gotta run. Listen, we all agree the waters are a little muddy, but before we start screaming at Town Hall meetings when the cameras pan over, lets start by trying to understand what the Bill actually is. I say, if nothing else, it’s a start. Change is a proccess. We’ll never reach our destination if we don’t embark on the journey. I think we can make this work. I grew up in Canada, the system wasn’t perfect but it worked. I’m happy to call the US home for the last 10 years. And I have to say, I’ve been blessed here — most of the time having a plan through my employer. Having experienced both systems, and now, a lonely late night blogger/freelance journalist without healthcare, for the first time in my life; I’m scared.
This is important for all of us. Don’t be swayed by the screaming on TV. Please read the Bill here figure it out, and then call me. Actually call congress and explain it to them…
(Sorry for any typos. My editor had a date…for once..so I’m on my own..which is never good.)