Obamacare's baby death panel?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Obamacare's baby death panel?
Mon, 01-10-2011 - 8:46am

That's a little harsh, isn't it?

Obamacare's baby death panels, Part 1


Last week, two questions dominated the political landscape regarding Obamacare. First, will the new 112th Congress repeal it? And, second, if Obamacare didn't offer advanced directives for end-of-life planning (aka "death panels"), then why did the Obama administration just repeal a Medicare regulation and reference for it covered under the new health-care law?

Those are both great questions. But the one question being overlooked by too many is: if the 112th Congress fails to repeal Obamacare, will it include "baby death panels" in the future? In other words, will federally-funded taxpayer monies be used to provide for abortions under the new universal health care law?

It's been coming down Washington's political pike for two years.

What do you think?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 01-22-2011 - 12:47am
Yeppers. Norris has been a major GOP supporter since at least the late 80s (back when I worked for them. Please don't hate me.) And he spouts the party line as if it was the script for Walker, Texas Ranger.
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Registered: 06-24-2009
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 1:32pm
It's not only a little harsh, there are so many layers of misinformation in Chuck's article, it's hard to know where to begin. It's clearly aimed at an audience that is more interested in having their fear and hatred of president that is black and has the middle name Hussein validated than in any sort of factual analysis of the law.

First off, calling the Health Care Reform Law "Obamacare" is as accurate as calling Medicare "Lyndoncare."

Second - Chuck Norris? Seriously?

No, the 112th congress will not repeal the law - That's a ridiculous question, actually. The Republicans are making a dramatic gesture. If you know anything about how laws are made, you know that you need the Senate to approve it, and the Senate has a majority that passed it the first time. Clearly Chuck skipped government class in high school.

There are no "death panels" in the health care law. The advanced directives that were included in the Republican authored Medicare Part D were not "death panels," and didn't turn into any such thing when they were also included in the Health Reform law.

Federal dollars are used for abortions - in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the health or life of the woman. If Chuck wants to call that "baby Death Panels" he'll have to blame the the other presidents that weren't black as well. The health care law did not expand coverage - and in fact would likely reduce the number of private health care plans that would cover abortion. In order to be part of the the health care exchange (very similar to the setup that Federal Employees have) the plan cannot offer abortion coverage.