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You lie! about life and death

October 4, 2012

In last night’s presidential debate, Romney brought back the Palinesque whopper about Obama trying to establish “death panels” that will determine what care we can get, often choosing to deny life-saving treatment.

Who would push a lie such as that, on a matter such as that, a matter of life or death, year after year?  Someone who puts his own self-interest ahead of being honest about life?  Someone who does not have an experiential or intuitive, emotive understanding of the difference between life and death, and about what an enormous difference that makes for us? Someone who is willing to play fast and loose with the care and value of persons’ lives?

Someone who doesn’t understand that the best care for life and for persons is knowledge of the truth?

For the truth about the panels, from the National Journal fact-checking page:

Romney on Obamacare’s Medicare board:
Romney’s claim that Obama’s health reform law includes a Medicare board that can “tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have” was one of the biggest whoppers of the night. It’s a line that Republicans used during debate on the health reform law, when they regularly and inaccurately called the Medicare spending board a “death panel.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare board would have the job of keeping Medicare spending within a specific target: GDP plus 1 percent by 2020. The board, which would be appointed by the president and approved by the Senate, is explicitly restricted from directly cutting Medicare benefits. In other words, they must cut hospital, doctor, and nursing home payment rates, and they are not allowed to restrict what kinds of treatments those providers can offer to treat seniors.”

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