Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Are you ready for some *Real* Death Panels?

Much has been made of the Death Panels enabled by ObamaCare©; last we looked, they had morphed into “end of life counseling” programs. Or so we thought.

Unfortunately, there's new news on this front:

"(T)he Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), will face heat in the coming months from Congress and from the courts ... the IPAB is the “real death panel” in the health care law."

Quite so.

For those who may not be aware, the IPAB is an unelected, unaccountable panel whose job it is to dole out (ie "ration") health care dollars to Medicare beneficiaries. One can see, by the way, why there are those who would wish to opt out of such a system. The board's criteria is based not on need or efficacy, but cost alone.

And here's where it gets really scary: this process is every bit as transparent as the ObamaWaiver©'s. That is, unelected officials will be in charge, with no oversight, determining who lives and who dies, potentially based on political affiliation and support.

What could possibly go wrong?

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