Stuart Schwartz over at American Thinker:
Darth Vader is out of the closet…and we have Sarah Palin to thank.
The intrepid crusader from the north cut to the heart of Obamacare a year ago, slashing through the professor-speak and government gobbledygook with a searing summary on Facebook of its bottom line: “death panels.”
With those words, the grounds for debate had shifted, the mainstream media ideological blackout was circumvented and now, although it may have been Obama’s new head of Medicare, Harvard’s Dr. Donald Berwick, who stepped on the shuttle at Boston’s Logan International Airport, it is Darth Vader who has exited at Reagan National.
Darth Vader — really? The man responsible for the death of gazillion inhabited worlds, through whom the evil Emperor Palpatine — described as ” a middle-aged politician…who gains power through deception and treachery”…sound familiar? — sought to enslave the universe in the fictional Star Wars saga? Surely, an exaggeration!
Yes, and deliberately so, for Berwick starts off his gig as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as an enthusiastic proponent of, as one British media commentator noted, a system that routinely denies “some poor suffering victim a remedy that is available in other countries…”
Her column on death panels ignited a firestorm of elite media and beltway criticism. Once that would have been enough to shut down debate, for the broadcast networks and newspapers controlled information — we only knew what they wanted us to know…
Darth Vader has become a metaphor, a figure of speech signifying that the coming of Harvard’s Berwick represents the same thing to the average American that the arrival of the Death Star, the space ship used to destroy planets, meant for entire populations. All of a sudden, life and death decisions are out of our hands, resting in a government determined to control every waking moment of our lives…
Berwick has come to Washington to play Vader to Obama’s Emperor Palpatine. The Harvard health specialist’s job is to transform Medicare, to make the primary medical insurance system for seniors into an instrument of social policy, to take wealth and years from seniors and redistribute them to favored segments of the population. This is not about health care and it is especially not about seniors; rather, it is all about the social engineering.
Sarah Palin was right, stubbornly hanging in when the mainstream media — sensing “a great disturbance in the (leftist) force” — trained its batteries on her. She was ridiculed on network newscasts, in the White House briefing room, by the media “stormtroopers (who) represented the most visible extension of Imperial (Obama) might.” Darth Vader and Star Wars as metaphor, Palin as Princess Leia while network anchors, commentator after commentator, all the president’s men showered ridicule on her. “Downright evil,” screamed Keith Olbermann, “stupid as s**t,” proclaimed a popular Democratic blog.
But she persevered and the truth emerged…Sarah Palin was right. Popular radio host Mark Levin put it best: “Sarah Palin’s not scary. You know who is? Barack Hussein Obama.”
Read the whole thing here.
I have come to utterly despise the lamestream media. How they let things like this go is beyond me.
From IBD, “The President’s One-Man Death Panel“:
He [Berwick] has praised the U.K’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which he says has “developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.”
Last year, the Orwellian-named NICE unveiled plans to cut annual steroid injections for severe back pain to 3,000 from 60,000. “The consequences of the NICE decision will be devastating for thousands of patients,” Jonathan Richardson of Bradford Hospital’s Trust told London’s Daily Telegraph…
If Berwick wants to imitate Britain’s model, perhaps he can explain why breast cancer in America has a 25% mortality rate while in Britain it’s almost double at 46. Prostate cancer is fatal to 19% of American men who get it; in Britain it kills 57% of those it strikes.
“Donald Berwick is a one-man death panel,” said David O’Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee. “While Americans may not remember the agency he heads, he will quickly become known as Obama’s rationing czar.”
Berwick has opined: “We can make a sensible social decision and say, ‘Well, at this point, to have access to a particular additional benefit (new drug or medical intervention) is so expensive that our taxpayers have better use for those funds.”
Sounds like denial of care to us.
Sounds to me like Berwick fits right into the administration of a man who’s advice is to just take a pain pill and wait for the Grim Reaper.
“The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” – Donald Berwick
Palin on Twitter:
Press Corps – pls do your job as Obama sneaks in Berwick appt; pls cover his mission: socialized healthcare & rationing based on “quality of life”