Thursday, February 03, 2011

Palin Gets the Truth Out

James Taranto who does the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web has an excellent piece on the lies about Obamacare that have been perpetrated by its supporters. Among the biggest lies, is that Palin supposedly lied about "death panels" or "government takeover of healthcare." You can read the whole thing here. But for the link adverse, if I may, a few clips:
Four months later, a project of the left-leaning St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, named the phrase "lie of the year":

Her assertion--that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care--spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, "Death panels? Really?"

In truth, PolitiFact was more vulnerable to the charge of lying than Palin was, for its highly literal, out-of-context interpretation of her words was at best extremely tendentious. What she wrote was this:

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. 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.

Palin put the term "death panel" in quotes to indicate that she was using it figuratively. She was not lying but doing just the opposite: conveying a fundamental truth about ObamaCare. Proponents were describing it as a sort of fiscal perpetual-motion machine: We're going to give free insurance to tens of millions of people and reduce the deficit! As a matter of simple arithmetic, the only way to do that is by drastically curtailing medical benefits.

"Health care by definition involves life and death decisions," Palin wrote. ObamaCare necessarily expands the power of federal bureaucrats to make such decisions, and it creates enormous fiscal pressures to err on the side of death. Whether it establishes literal panels for that purpose is a hair-splitting quibble. By naming this "lie of the year," PolitiFact showed itself to be less seeker of truth than servant of power.
There is quite a bit more and well worth the read.


robot said...

Howdy! Nice place you've got here. Thanks for adding the robot to your blogroll. I've reciprocated. :)
I also see that you're doing some Sarah Palin posts to cover for Dana Milbank during his self imposed Palin reprieve. Good work, sir. If you're not aware, iOwnTheWorld and several other blogs are participating in All Palin February.

Thanks again for the add.


Steve said...

Thanks Robot! Just think, thanks to Dana Milbank, we can now have All Palin All the Time.