In a piece at Hot Air today, Ed Morrissey notes that Obama’s Deficit Commission has confirmed Governor Palin’s prescient assessment of Obamacare in the summer of 2009, and that the “death panels” she described are indeed necessary for Obamacare to work in a budgetary sense:
The good news for Barack Obama: the Associated Press reports today that Obama’s deficit commission wants to keep most of ObamaCare in place. The bad news: they pronounce it unsustainable — unless it includes hard caps on c0verage and decisions made to stop care. Doesn’t this sound a little familiar?
Sarah Palin aroused the ire of critics for mentioning “death panels” as part of ObamaCare, but that is the end stage of health-care rationing. The IPAB created by ObamaCare has a specific mission to reduce per capita spending in Medicare, using either explicit end-of-care decisions or indirectly influencing those by denying reimbursements, as I explained in December (when IPAB was IMAB):
n fact, that’s the very process the deficit commission says will be needed to make ObamaCare viable. Peter Orszag made it clear how IPAB would become one of the most powerful agencies in the federal government, and how its decisions would mainly be out of reach of Congress as part of its design. That was clear early in the process, as was how that power would be used. Now the deficit commission has not only recognized it but argues that without a “death panel,” ObamaCare simply won’t work.
Which is what Sarah Palin argued all along.
Indeed it is. Governor Palin’s brilliant metaphoric use of the term death panels to describe the rationing that must occur under Obamacare ended the Democrat Party’s stranglehold on the senior vote (as last month’s election demonstrated) and galvanized opposition to the plan. This opposition came within an eyelash of stopping the ill-conceived scheme completely and would have succeeded if not for the corrupt backroom deals and subjugation of the democratic process by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and company. Even liberals such as New York Times pundit Paul Krugman and Obama’s former OMB Director, Peter Orszag have essentially conceded that Governor Palin was correct all along. If Obamacare isn’t repealed, we’re all destined to find out just how correct.
Exit question: Will Charles Krauthammer invite her back in the room?