Paying for Obamacare with death panels

Ethel C. Fenig
Oh how the liberals laughed when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R), bursting their feel good we know it all narrative, prophesied Obamacare would lead to death panels by uncaring government bureaucrats to keep it minimally cost effective. But when Nobel Economics Prize winner, Princeton professor professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman predicts the same thing--and throws in higher taxes to pay for it--why these same liberals nod their heads in agreement while simultaneously praising Obamacare for bringing affordable health care to everyone. As Krugman recently admitted in a talk

Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising...there is this question of how we're going to pay for the programs. The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give.... .... We're going to need more revenue...Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won't be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes... on the middle class, maybe a value added tax...And we're also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits . So the snarky version...which I shouldn't even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.

Oh no Professor Krugman, you won't get in trouble for stating the snarky obvious version--you'll just get another honor and praise for speaking courageously. However Sarah Palin, an attractive female Republican moose hunter and non economist, and therefore not credible to liberals for not agreeing with them, got in trouble for bravely stating the truth.

But in the ongoing Democratic war on women, her non snarky version was mocked because she said it first.


Oh how the liberals laughed when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R), bursting their feel good we know it all narrative, prophesied Obamacare would lead to death panels by uncaring government bureaucrats to keep it minimally cost effective. But when Nobel Economics Prize winner, Princeton professor professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman predicts the same thing--and throws in higher taxes to pay for it--why these same liberals nod their heads in agreement while simultaneously praising Obamacare for bringing affordable health care to everyone. As Krugman recently admitted in a talk

Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising...there is this question of how we're going to pay for the programs. The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give.... .... We're going to need more revenue...Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won't be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes... on the middle class, maybe a value added tax...And we're also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits . So the snarky version...which I shouldn't even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.

Oh no Professor Krugman, you won't get in trouble for stating the snarky obvious version--you'll just get another honor and praise for speaking courageously. However Sarah Palin, an attractive female Republican moose hunter and non economist, and therefore not credible to liberals for not agreeing with them, got in trouble for bravely stating the truth.

But in the ongoing Democratic war on women, her non snarky version was mocked because she said it first.