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Sarah Palin Rails Against Health Care Reform Death Panels

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Sarah Palin launched a tirade against Barack Obama's health care reform plan on Friday, saying in a Facebook post that said, in part, the following:

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."

Of course, what Sarah Palin fails to note, or perhaps does but intentionally omits, is that such a "death panel" of bureaucrats already exists. It's called the insurance companies, and the employees at them which deny health care left and right.

Frankly I would welcome a bureaucracy grounded not in the "bottom line," in other words, profits, but in what is best for each person in terms of their health. Why should anyone believe that insurance companies care about life? All they care about is money.

In case you didn't know, corporations by law must try to maximize their profits; failure to do so would be malfeasance on their part and the corporate officers could be jailed.

If in fact such a "death panel" would exist in Universal Health Care, why is it there is no such "death panel" in other industrialized nations that have such care. Let's not forget that all other such nations have some sort of government-sponsored health care, and there is no such "death panel" there.

In fact, according to UNICEF statistics that can be accessed here, and are current as of 2007, Cuba (yes, Cuba!), the U.K. and Canada all have lower infant mortality rates than we do. The U.K. and Canada have longer lifespans than we do. Cuba is the same. Isn't life enough reason to want Universal Health Care? How can the right-wing deny life, themselves?

Sarah Palin resigned as Alaska governor on July 26 with nearly 18 months left in her final term. Of course she would fear such a panel. Quitters aren't usually thought of as being too productive.

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