Sarah Palin’s Death Panel: A Conservative’s Confession

When right wing Republicans make accusations these days, we should simply assume, “it’s the opposite of what they said”, because this proves true pretty darn consistently. Another description of Republican’s approach to the HealthCare discussion is Orwellian. You won’t believe this one. Seriously.

Yesterday Sarah Palin accused President Obama of having a “Death Panel” which might put her baby to death. While the American people spent the evening aghast and outraged at Palin, Republicans brushed it off, likening it to liberals attacks on George Bush. ‘Cuz I guess liberals said some bad things about the Synthetic Cowboy — you know, after he started a war on lies in which thousands have needlessly died, ignored intelligence which caused 4000 people to die on 9/11, mismanaged FEMA during Katrina to the point that New Orleans looked like a third world country, shamed America internationally, and plenty more.

So, naturally, Republicans, who are always nattering on about “moving forward” unless there’s a blue dress around, figure that One Day, Obama will have made the same kind of mistakes (not likely, as Bush was one of our worst presidents ever), so they’ll just go ahead and pretend like they can claim justification for the derision they heap upon him (Nazi Swastikas over his face, calling him a socialist, a marxist, a fascist) because (waa waa! You did it first!) we did it to Bush, never mind that Bush earned our derision hard way, through his consistent, costly, ineptitude.

But not one Democrat has called them out on this false equivalence.

Just HOW exactly is wanting to have a town hall to DISCUSS, like civilized human beings, providing health care for all Americans (like every other industrialized nation) such a threat that it warrants Nazi rhetoric, and exactly how are death threats on congressional representatives, unions and others justified by anyone?

They aren’t justified. So the thing to do is ratchet up the crazy by making it seem as if lives are at stake, because then it makes it at least plausible to throw Nazi accusations around. Now, I don’t know if the conservatives saying these crazy things are :

1) Stupid (believe everything they hear on Fox, and I’m including the elected officials here)
2) Liars (all of their accusations are actually confessions)
3) Lazy (never read the bill, don’t even know what they’re talking about)

In the case of Sarah Palin’s accusation against Obama, I guess I’m gonna have to go with all three (stupid, lying, and lazy), with a strong emphasis on #2, because during her administration, the state so mismanaged Medicaid that over 250 people died waiting for the program. Hundreds more did not receive treatment. Over eight lawsuits were filed against the state division, bringing the attention of the state auditors, who notified Alaskan officials on June 26 that the entire program was being shut down due to mismanagement. In fact, the Supreme court ruled last year that the state had improperly cut off or reduced services to more than 1,000 needy people.

“State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life — taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom — are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.

The situation is so bad the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new people until the state makes necessary improvements.

No other state in the nation is under such a moratorium, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In the meantime, frail and vulnerable Alaskans who desperately need the help are struggling. One elderly woman is stuck in a nursing home, for lack of care at home. Another woman, suffering from chronic pain and fatigue, said she’s so weak, she often can’t even pop dinner into the microwave.

The moratorium is expected to last four or five months. State officials estimate about 1,000 Alaskans will be affected.

A particularly alarming finding concerns deaths of adults in the programs. In one 2 1/2 year stretch, 227 adults already getting services died while waiting for a nurse to reassess their needs. Another 27 died waiting for their initial assessment, to see if they qualified for help…

The programs cost about $250 million this year, with the federal government currently paying 61 percent of the bill.”

Those pesky feds interferring again? You betcha. This time, they shut Palin’s medicaid division down completely. Since the feds didn’t shut down FEMA in New Orleans, you really have to wonder just how bad it was in Alaska under Palin. And please note that for all of Palin’s railing about a government-run health care program being Nazi-eque, she had no problem letting our federal tax dollars fund her state program to the tune of 61%. See, she didn’t mind taking the money. She just didn’t care if the program was actually effective.

That’s a true fiscal conservative at work these days. Their main point is to prove that government under them does not work. It costs more and is less effective. We get it.

So when Sarah Palin talks about Obama’s Death Panel, what we should all be thinking is this is how a Conservative Confesses their Sins.

Accusations are the only way they can purge their soul of the evil they’ve unleashed on humanity, the very lack of basic care their policies inflict, and indeed, the deaths on their conscience.

Sarah Palin’s Death Panel for the Elderly, the Infirm and the Needy has already happened. Or, in conservative speak (insert shrill, hysterical shriek here):

“Sarah Palin’s Death Panel killed old people and Baby Trigs!”

Over 254 people died waiting for care because her administration couldn’t get its act together or just didn’t care. I guess this is like when Alaskans were starving and freezing last winter and instead of doing anything about it, she brought a plate of cookies and a preacher, posed for a photo op, and then completely ignored the problem. You know, like Bush used to do?

Death Panels, you say? She must be so proud! “Mission Accomplished!”

At least that’s one job Sarah Palin managed to finish.

18 Replies to “Sarah Palin’s Death Panel: A Conservative’s Confession”

  1. It is a natural. Not sure if it would be a wing nut’s dream come true, but certainly would suit the current governor of Texas.

    Hey! Maybe Palin could be the first Queen of Texas; and Todd could be first Dude Consort.

  2. she was for “death panels” before she was against them – yes, she passed living will bill in her own state.

    the stupid- it hurts.

  3. Sarah Palin just doesn’t support government death panels. She’s perfectly fine with the death panels that are currently run by the private insurance companies.

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  5. now that Palin is out of office?

    This should get interesting once it hits the rest of the media, right, left and center…

    Sarah Jones, I believe you are ahead of most of the lower 48 states media on breaking this one! Well done!

  6. I want to scream at Palin, HYPOCRITE, from the tallest building! But I can’t. My lungs hurt too much from the bad air today and I can’t go to the Doctor because I have no freakin insurance.
    Thanks for trying like hell to scare people, Sarah. I hope they drop you from your insurance for pre-existing stupidity.

  7. Palin wouldn’t know how to tell the truth if it stood up and bitch slapped her. She has finally gone over the edge of sanity. I hope our new health care reform has enough room in the nut houses for Palin and her followers

  8. look at the upper left hand corner, first line,first page:…/AK_Provider_Application_Standard.pdf

    It should be interesting to see how those fatality assessments that alaska is just now performing turn out; and how many more law suits Palin has caused for her ”beloved’ state of Alaska. Funny kind of love, hers.

  9. puts her comments about resigning to save Alaskans money from fighting “asinine” ethics charges in a new light.

    It’s very sad.

  10. I just posted a comment on ThinkProgress about how Palin should be the very last person to criticize anything about healthcare reform in light of the fact that it was under her leadership that Alaska’s medicare program was suspended, and she fiddled around while over 200 people died, many of them elderly persons.
    I also revealed exactly what Palin’s plans would be after quitting the governorship on Huffpo the day after she announced it. I stated that she would make stirring up divisiveness and opposing Obama her #1 goal, and it is. First, the fallacious op-ed on global warming, which Kerry immediately tore apart, especially since she made that snarky remark about him in front of the entire international community. Now, the stupid comment on her Facebook page talking about non-existent death camps, or some such non-sense. But the kicker for me was the throwing of your youngest child and parents into her little scheme. This really burns me. And for her to waste even one second thinking Michele Bachmann is a credible or logical justification for her peverse stupidity, clearly indicates a disconnect between reality and fantasy. She and the rest of her party members and supporters are trying their best to destroy this country, simply because they no longer hold the reins of power in Congress or in the WH. What they have failed to realize is that they are being observed on an international level, and that even people in foreign countries are appalled at their behavior and consider them to be extremely dangerous. I remember reading a piece recently written by a Russian author that predicted the division of America into two separate nations in just a few years, and should this happen, I do believe it would be a wingnut’s dream come true.

  11. Why is anyone surprised by Sarah’s comments? This is how the GOP behaves ALL the time. They have nothing left, so they have to LIE, SMEAR, HATE, FEAR and LIE again, until they can get some loons to listen to them, because they know that no one else. will. The GOP IS THE PARTY OF LIARS.

  12. Now that the markets are stabilizing and jobs losses are slowing decreasing, the GOP has no argument, so they have the fabricate stories, smear and do whatever it takes to gain some credibility. Sarah Palin is just a couk! And as soon as we all admit it, the better off we’ll all be. She is a complete waste of air space.

  13. If W lied about “the war” (I’m guessing going into the war in Iraq) and half you dumb a#$ liberal democrats fell for it, who had access to all the “same intellegence” reports. Then why the hell shohld trust you and your half breed to run our health care.

  14. What are you talking about?

    Ha ha…I guess you are referring to congress? which means that you don’t know that Bush abused the constitution and announced his war like a King instead of acknowledging congressional war powers.

    No wonder you vote Republican; you have no idea what’s been going on in your own country for the last 9 years.

    and as for you slamming liberals as “their not so bright” — hey, buddy, look in the mirror and try to spell properly when you’re attempting intellectual superiority. It helps.

  15. Sarah Palin is a phony. My child has suffered for years under the system in Alaska, which is falling apart. My child has been in the system since birth – and I know how things should go. It’s taking over a year to get a wheelchair now – while children are reduced to lying down instead. It’s taking months and months to get non-specialized medical equipment.

    There are much worse stories to tell. But in Alaska – we are afraid to speak out. We face retaliation from her system when we do. This federal audit is only telling us what we already knew – when we call to complain about an agency that is providing state services, we get told there is no state complaint system, and they have no control over the agencies that provide their services anyway. They just tell you to switch agencies. Well guess what – there aren’t that many – in some communities there is only one choice. And none of them provide quality services – duh – there is no requirement to do so!

    We tell them our family members need better services, and they just shrug their shoulders and basically dare you to do something about it – but what can you do? They are especially skilled at telling people “no” without ever giving out a formal denial that can be taken to hearing. And with no other quality assurance process (as the audit pointed out), we are left begging for formal denials only to go to hearings that are conducted by state employees that work in the same EXACT office with the people who say no………… lots of justice there.

    And it’s well known in Alaska Sarah hasn’t raised any of her kids for years – its not consistent with her aspirations. And you only become an advocate for your disabled child by DOING THE WORK. realizing you can’t sleep, realizing you need help. Not gonna happen to Sarah – so how can she EVER call herself my child’s advocate. I was not the person I would have turned to for knowledge and help when my child was less than a year old – it was the experienced parents who had walked the walk longer than I had. It wouldn’t have been Sarah. And to my knowledge, she has not reached out to our community to ask US, who know far more than her, what real dangers and needs our children face. Drop the arrogance Sarah – look around you at the mess your party started in our system, and you allowed to continue to deteriorate.

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