Columnist Ken Blackwell wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Examiner demonstrating even someone as enlightened as Charles Krauthammer can make mistakes. Governor Palin’s “Death Panels” are very real, they sadly exists for our Veterans and are a necessity in every government run health care system around the globe.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was ordered out of the room by leading conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who is a medical doctor -- a rarity in the world of pundits.
Krauthammer said Palin's comments about "death panels" in Obamacare were not helpful in a serious debate on the government takeover of health care. But then Dr. Krauthammer wrote that the result would only be a "gentle nudge" toward that hooded figure in the corner of the room, that grim fellow with the scythe.
Hmmm. Maybe we should invite Palin to come back in.
Krauthammer wrote before we saw the Department of Veterans Affairs dredge up a how-to book on end-of-life decision making for wounded vets. The book, "Your Life-Your Choices," had been deep-sixed by the Bush administration. It was reissued by the Obama administration. The book includes various "exercises" for vets that suggest more than a gentle nudge toward death. How about a sharp kick?
What will our veterans, wounded and quite possibly depressed, think when they are given a book that tells them about the possibilities of ending it all? And what kind of help is it to gently nudge them toward the Hemlock Society -- that practiced ender of all pain? We need to focus more on what President Obama himself has said about ending lives. Now is when we really miss Tim Russert, who passed away suddenly in June 2008. In February of that year, Russert put an easy question to then-Sen. Obama during the Democrats' Cleveland debate. I remember it well.
RUSSERT: "Senator Obama, any statements or vote you'd like to take back?"
OBAMA: "Well, you know, when I first arrived in the Senate that first year, we had a situation surrounding Terri Schiavo.
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